Herald-Mail's annual pie contest is Nov. 10

October 24, 2008|By JULIE E. GREENE

Cherry pie. Apple pie. Coconut pie. Pecan pie -- my personal favorite, but I'm not a judge so I don't think that will help you.

It's time for The Herald-Mail's second annual pie contest.

Last year we held the pie contest after Thanksgiving. But it made sense to us to move it up this year so readers would have pie recipes for the Thanksgiving holiday.

That means The Herald-Mail cookie contest will be held a little later, but in time to have recipes for the gift-giving holiday season.

This year's winner of the pie contest will receive $50.

Dessert pies only -- no pizza pies or potpies. Entries must be a pie-shaped dessert with crust. While Webster's New World College Dictionary includes layer cakes in the definition of pies, we're not accepting layer cakes nor are we accepting cheesecakes.


Pies will be judged on taste, appearance, originality of the recipe and overall quality. The submitted pie should be a regular-sized pie so there is enough pie for the judges to sample.

Contest entries will be accepted at The Herald-Mail, 100 Summit Ave., in Hagerstown from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 10, only. We have a refrigerator if pies need to be kept cold though fridge space can fill up fast. If your pie requires refrigeration, you might want to bring it later in the day, just to be safe. The judges will convene that evening to taste the entries.

With the pie, bakers must submit a copy of the pie recipe on a 3-inch-by-5-inch index card. Also include name, hometown, daytime and evening phone numbers.

Include the source of the recipe, whether it was an original creation or from a cookbook, magazine or an Internet site. If you used a recipe from a publication and you can't remember which one, or you altered the recipe to make it your own, let us know.

Contestants also must be available Thursday, Nov. 13, or Friday, Nov. 14, to be photographed with a newly baked version of the submitted pie if they win.

The recipes for the best pies will be published Wednesday, Nov. 19, in the Food section of The Herald-Mail.

Please use disposable pie containers when possible. We understand some pies might require a sturdier pan in which case please tape your name and phone number to the bottom of the pan.

For more information, call Lifestyle Editor Chris Copley at 301-733-5131, ext. 2343, or e-mail

Contestants must live in Washington or Frederick counties in Maryland; Franklin or Fulton counties in Pennsylvania; or Berkeley, Jefferson or Morgan counties in West Virginia.

Herald-Mail employees and their relatives are not eligible to win.

Details for the cookie contest will be announced soon, but the date for cookies to be brought in will be Monday, Dec. 8.

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