WINCHESTER – The aroma of apple pie wafted throughout the Marker-Miller Orchards market during the 89th annual Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival apple pie baking contest Thursday.
The 20 contestants were given an hour to prepare their pies and an hour for baking before three judges scored each pie.
Winners in the contest’s youth division were Emily Dick, 16, of Winchester, taking home first place, and Michael Enloe, 10, of Purcellville, placing second.
Emily said it was a fun experience competing and hopes to defend her title at next year’s contest.
“Everyone was very friendly, sweet and kind so it (was) just a fun experience overall,” she said.
This was Michael’s second year of the competition, and he was glad to finally place, describing the experience as “awesome.” He said he hopes to come back again next year.
His mother Heather Enloe has competed in the contest four times and said Michael is an avid apple pie baker.
“Baking apple pies is the best way to get him into the kitchen, and the only way,” she said.
In the adult division, Meghan Fisher, 37, of Winchester, took home first place, and Danny Keyser, 55, of Winchester, placed second.
Fisher said she was “totally shocked” to hear her name called for first place. This was her second year participating.
“Nobody is more surprised than I am,” she said. “I did it for my husband to develop this homemaking skill.”
Keyser said this was his fourth year competing and he hopes to come back again next year.
For those considering joining the contest, he advises to “come watch it a year before and practice and get other people to judge it for you.” He added that he baked around 40 pies before his first contest and has tweaked his recipe each year.
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