Entries sought for July 4 pie baking contest

SAXTONS RIVER — In conjunction with the Saxtons River Fourth of July celebration, a pie baking contest will be held. Bakers are invited to submit their delicious creations for judging by the International Union of Pie Judges, Saxtons River, Vermont (a self-appointed cohort of pie connoisseurs).

All pies are welcome, they require only a crust and a filling. “Surprise us with your traditional summer standards as well as unexpected interpretations of the 'pie,'” said the judges in a news release.

Pies are to be delivered to 22 Main Street (the old St. Edmunds Catholic Church) between 7:30 and 9:30 a.m. on Monday, July 4. Parking on Main Street will be prohibited, so plan to walk your pie a block or so.

The judges says they will sample each pie and give scores for overall presentation, flavor, quality of the crust, quality of the filling, and creativity. Be sure include the recipe for your pie so it can be included in the upcoming Saxtons River Pie Contest Cookbook, an addition to the contest for 2023.

Once you drop off your pie, stick around for the 5K road race, parade, music, and street fair. The winner of the pie contest will be announced from the bandstand around 10:30 a.m. and awarded a basket of baking goodies, including an apron with the logo for 2022 Saxtons River Fourth of July theme, “the Roaring 20s.”

Slices and whole pies will be sold after the judging is complete. Proceeds will benefit the 2023 Saxtons River Fourth of July celebration. To learn more about this year's Saxtons River Fourth of July celebration, visit bit.ly/670-4th.

Questions about the pie contest can be directed to Anne Manner-McLarty at [email protected].

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