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Entries sought for Fourth of July pie baking contest

SAXTONS RIVER — In conjuction with the Saxtons River Fourth of July celebration, a pie baking contest will be held - actually two contests: one for savory pies, one for sweet.

Bakers are invited to submit their 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. Entrants can surprise judges with their traditional summer standards as well as unexpected interpretations of the pie.

Judges will sample each entry and give scores for overall presentation, flavor, quality of the crust, quality of the filling, and creativity.

Pies are to be delivered to the Saxtons River Inn, 27 Main St., between 7:30 and 9:30 a.m., on Tuesday, July 4, or by special arrangement the evening of July 3. Parking on Main Street will be prohibited, so piemakers should plan to walk a block or so.

After dropping off their pie, participants should plan to enjoy the full July Fourth experience in Saxtons River: the 5K race, parade, music, and street fair. You can learn more about Saxtons River Fourth of July events at

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 matching the 2023 Saxtons River Fourth of July T-shirts. The pie contest is sponsored by the Saxtons River Village Market.

Slices and whole pies will be sold after the judging is complete on the porch at the Saxtons River Inn. Proceeds will benefit the 2024 Saxtons River Fourth of July celebration.

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

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