HARFORD — Winners from the 2017 Harford Fair baking contests will compete at the 2018 Pennsylvania Farm Show in January, where more than 100 fairs from across the state will submit entries for the chance to win $500 in cash prizes.
The Harford Fair offers four baking contests each year, including the Incredible Angel Food Contest, the Homemade Chocolate Cake Contest, the PA Preferred Junior Cookie-Brownies-Bars Contest and the Blue Ribbon Apple Pie Contest. In 2017, there were a total of 32 entries.
Laura Brink, of Hallstead, won the Incredible Angel Food Contest, which was sponsored by the PA Egg Farmers and the PA Association of County Fairs. Second place was awarded to Donna Marcho and third place went to Amy Boot.
Sandy Elbrecht, of Hallstead, was champion of the Homemade Chocolate Cake Contest with her chocolate raspberry layer cake. Second place was awarded to Alyssa Clarkson and third prize went to Karen Haley.
Lydia Ofalt, of Montrose, won the PA Preferred Junior Baking Cookies-Brownies-Bars with her baked salted caramel chocolate chip cookie bars. To be eligible for the Junior Baking Contest, exhibitors must be between the age of 8 and 18 and utilize three out of the five categories of locally grown PA products, which include grains, fruits, vegetables, milk and egss.
The PA Preferred Junior Baking Contest was sponsored by PA Preferred. Second place was awarded to Isabella Cosmello and third place went to Malayna Fowler.
Ann Corbin, of Brooklyn, was the winner of the Blue Ribbon Apple Pie Contest. Her winning pie featured Gala, Fuji and Granny Smith apples, as well as tapioca, for a fun and different take on the dessert. Second place went to Casey Purdum and third place to Karen Haley.