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Apple baking contest to bring out the treats

September 28, 2007|By TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - A special apple recipe could win someone a blue ribbon at the Apple Baking and Apple Butter contest on Saturday, Oct. 6, and Susan Waugh has seen many an apple concoction for the more than 10 years she's been handling the entries.

Waugh, the administrative assistant with Morgan County's West Virginia University Extension office, said the apple baking contest is sponsored by the Community Educational Outreach Service (CEOS), formerly known as the Extension Homemakers. The CEOS falls under the umbrella of the extension office, she said.

Anyone can enter the apple baking and apple butter contest that's held on Apple Butter Festival Saturday, Oct. 6, Waugh said.

Six local judges will choose the best from these seven categories:

· breads, muffins, rolls

· cakes

· cookies

· pies, pastries, apple dumplings

· miscellaneous

· apple butter

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· sugar free

Youth (eighth grade and younger) entries will be judged separately, Waugh said.

All entries must be delivered to the WVU/Morgan County Extension Office at 129 Fairfax St. in Berkeley Springs between 8 and 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6. Judging begins at 10 a.m.

Barbara Norton, CEOS treasurer, said she and Waugh will be busy checking in the entries.

Norton said a lot of people have more than one entry, and one person had up to 10 entries in past contests. Each has to be checked to make sure the person's name is not on them, and the recipe is included with them.

Call Waugh at 304-258-8400 to get an entry form, which must accompany the entry as well as the recipe.

"The CEOS are a silent group that you don't know they're out there and are volunteering their time all over," Waugh said.

"All the proceeds from the sale of the apple baking contest entries are given to charity," she said.

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