Connecticut Association of Fairs Baking Contests

Each year The Association of Connecticut Fairs sponsors baking contests open to the public at participating member fairs. There are separate contests for Junior and Adult divisions, each with a specific recipe. A Two-Crusted Apple Pie Baking contest is also held.

WHO MAY ENTER: The contest at each participating member fair is open to all men, women and juniors who are residents of Connecticut. Commercial, industrial or professional bakers are not eligible. Divisions: Juniors (ages 7 to 15 as of July 1st) and Adult.

HOW TO ENTER: Any Connecticut resident entering a contest at any participating member fair is automatically entered and competing in the local contest. Contestants may enter the contest at as many fairs as they wish until they win first prize. They will then represent that fair at the state baking contest. Please submit entries to both the local and state contest on disposable plates. The Association of Connecticut Fairs and the member fairs are not responsible for the return of plates, trays or containers.

JUDGING: Judging will be based on appearance, flavor and texture. The Association of Connecticut Fairs will furnish judges’ score sheets to each fair and the contestant will receive these sheets at the end of the contest. Additions, deletions or substitutions in the recipe are not permitted and will result in disqualification. All decisions of the judges are final.

LOCAL CONTEST: The winner of the local contest will receive a blue ribbon from the Association of Connecticut Fairs and will then become eligible to submit their entry at the state contest. In the event that only one entry is received at the local contest and that entry is worthy of first prize, that entry must be awarded the first place ribbon.

STATE CONTEST: The state contest is held as part of the Fall Meeting and Convention of the Association of Connecticut Fairs. Entries for the state contest are accepted until 11:00 a.m. on the day of the judging (contact your local fair or visit for the date and location). Contest winners are announced at the Fall Meeting. Each fair is responsible for contacting their contest winner and providing them with information. The Association of Connecticut Fairs does not contact individual fairs or contest winners in regards to contest and banquet reservations nor does the Association of Connecticut Fairs cover the costs of attending the awards banquet. NO BANQUET RESERVATIONS FOR CONTEST WINNERS WILL BE ACCEPTED AT THE DOOR.

Adult Baking – Cinnamon Star Bread
Printable Recipe

Pumpkin Apple Crumb Muffins
Printable Recipe

Association of Connecticut Fairs

Contest Rules:

  1. Each pie must be a 9” (measured at the top inside edge of the dish) Two-Crusted Pie, lattice-top is excluded.
  2. Submit a 3” x 5” card with your recipe, your name and address.
  3. No pre-made or pie mixes will be allowed.
  4. The main ingredient must be apples. However, pies may include other fruits or ingredients.
  5. Failure to adhere to these rules will disqualify the entered pie from the competition.
  6. All pies become the property of the Association of Connecticut Fairs (baking dishes will not be returned).

Judging Criteria
Overall Appearance – 40 points
Crust – 10 points
Flavor – 40 points
Texture – 10 points
TOTAL – 100 points

The following prizes will be awarded at the state contest plus a Rosette.
1st Place: $40.00
2nd Place: $35.00
3rd Place: $30.00
4th Place: $25.00
5th Place: $15.00
6th Place: $12.50
7th Place: $10.00
8th Place: $7.50
9th Place: $5.00
10th Place: $5.00

Honorable Mention Ribbons will also be awarded

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