Cooking contest offers awards for locals' finest American fare


Strawberries, whipped cream and blueberries atop angel food cake could be just the thing to satisfy judges’ tastebuds July 15 during the second Saturday of the community’s month-long patriotic celebration.
Granted, it doesn’t get more American than apple pie. Or peach preserves. Not to mention, a jar of spicy pickles.
In the end, it’s up to the cooks in the community.
The American Fare Cooking Contest kicks-off at 11 a.m. during downtown’s second (of three) ‘Red, White & Blue State of Mind’ events. Local chefs are invited to put their best dish forward in any of four categories, competing for ribbons and, of course, bragging rights as organizers raise money for the community’s veterans monument.
“We know Kilgore’s got talent in the cooking department,” says Julie Beck, co-organizing the slate of this month’s Saturday activities in the Main Street District.
KNH Co-Publisher Bill Woodall is recruiting judges for the cooking contest, and they’ll be accepting entries from 11 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. Saturday at 104 N. Kilgore St. before judging begins at 12:30 p.m.
The competition categories include: 1) Cakes, 2) Pies, 3 Jams, Jellies & Preserves and 4) Pickles (any type).
“All must be homemade,” Beck quipped, no store- or bakery-bought items allowed – she’s trusting the judges will be able to taste the difference.
Sponsored by the Kilgore Main Street Program and downtown merchants, the competition’s winners will be announced at 2 p.m. with ribbons for First, Second and Third Place in each category. (Entries not claimed by 2:30 p.m. will be discarded.)
Contestants must fill out an entry form prior to the contest, available at and or from Carol Windham at Kilgore City Hall (903-988-4113). The entry fee for the competition is a donation to the Veterans Monument Fund of Kilgore.


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