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'Every pie a winner' at First Friday contest in Greencastle

August 06, 2010|By DANA BROWN

GREENCASTLE, Pa. -- What tastes better than mom's apple pie?

Maybe Ginny Lays' peach-raspberry pie. Or Allyson Flynn's pecan chocolate chunk.

Or, just maybe, one of a number of other crusted creations presented for judging Friday at the first Pie Baking Contest held in Greencastle.

The bake-off was part of First Friday, which is sponsored by the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce and Greencastle Area Arts Council.

Pie judges were Pennsylvania state Rep. Todd Rock, Greencastle Mayor Robert Eberly, Tower Bank President and CEO Jeff Shank and Carissa Martin, owner of Antrim House Restaurant.

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Each pie was judged on appearance, taste and overall appeal.

"I've been a nervous wreck," Kathryn Greene said as she dropped off her two fruit pies.

She had been working on her pies since early morning, she said.

Greene followed a recipe she's used since 1962, she said. It was her grandmother who taught her the art of making crust, she said.

"Our crusts don't always look tasty, but they are really tender," she said.

Flynn said she also learned how to make crust from her grandmother.

"It's the best ever," said Flynn's 9-year-old daughter, Molly.

Linda Watson's son-in-law, Andy Shanholtz, urged her to enter her apple pie, she said.

"Every pie she makes is good," Shanholtz said.

There was no secret to her recipe, Watson said.

"I got if off the Crisco can, as a matter of fact," she said.

As they waited for the scores to be tallied, Bob and Melissa Lutz shared a slice of peach pie as they waited for the winners to be announced. It was a slice of pie Melissa Lutz and her step-sons, Aaron, 8 and Isaac, 6, made, he said.

"We had to see how it turned out," Bob Lutz said. "It's just missing ice cream."

"They like to cook," Melissa Lutz said of her stepsons. "They made such a big mess, but the pies turned out nice."

So nice, in fact, they took "Top Slice" honors, including $50 prize money and a commemorative apron. The Lutz's peach pie will also be featured on the Antrim House Restaurant menu until the next First Friday in September.

"They will be so excited," Melissa Lutz said.

Before Shank announced the top three pies, he declared "every pie a winner."

"Those pies were good," Eberly said. "I didn't find any I didn't like."

The judges tasted 18 different pies, the equivalent of four slices of pie each, Eberly said with a laugh.

Second-place honors -- and $25 and a apron -- went to Ann McBride for her apple crumb pie.

Third place and an apron went to Lays for her peach-raspberry pie.

Once the judges had tasted each pie, they were sold by the slice or as a whole. The proceeds will fund future First Friday events, which are designed to "celebrate the arts and help people shop locally," said Lori Tamburro, First Friday committee member.

First Friday is held each month from May to December.

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