The competition was stiff; 16 bakers entered pies in the three different categories: pecan, pumpkin, and fruit. Contestants made two identical pies: one for tasting and the other for sale for this year’s Stone Cup bake-off to see who would garner bragging rights as “The Best Pie Baker In Lyons.” Mindy Tallent, owner of The Cup, said the judges toiled to the brink of a sugar coma, to determine the winners, and the
public came out in impressive numbers to take part in the “People’s Choice” award portion of the competition. Donations were accepted for the privilege of “tasting,” and all 16 of the pies sold, raising over $300. It was all good fun, and all the proceeds go to helping fund the annual “Parade of Lights.”
Not surprisingly, the judges and the public had different opinions on just which pie was the best. One member of the public admitted to being, “a little light headed by the time I got to the pecan pies!” The judges awarded Carol Marra’s peach pie first place in the fruit division, while Cheryl Franklin’s apple pie took second. In the always difficult to decide pecan competition, Matt Tipton and Alana Yerman place first and second respectively. Mayor Julie Van Domelen and her daughter Maya Lekarczyk found their way back onto the podium (after last year’s disastrous pumpkin ice cream pie) with their spicy pumpkin pie taking top honors. Sue Wratten’s pumpkin praline pie (with orange zest) was a close second.
In the “People’s Choice” awards, the consensus in the pumpkin division was similar to the judges, except the order was reversed. Wratten took first, and the Mayor was second. I feel a grudge match already shaping up for next year’s contest. In the fruit division, Franklin’s apple was voted best in class, while Cynthia Clayton and Monica Berreman tied for second. Two different pies came to the fore when the pecans were voted on by the public. Jane and Kailey Reagan (the Mayor’s sister and niece) from Boulder were voted top pie (the third year in a row that Jane has been on the podium), while Jerry Powell took home second place.