Food-Themed Competitions Featured at This Year’s Clearfield County Fair

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CLEARFIELD – This year’s Clearfield County Fair will feature some opportunities for Clearfield County residents to … mix it up in the culinary arena.

To start things off, Ethan’s Cafe and Angry Bean are sponsoring the “Amazing Appetizer” contest. The rules are as follows:

  1. All entries must be pre-registered, one entry per person.  Registration forms must be received at the Clearfield County Fair office no later than 4 p.m. July 29 2011, registration forms may be mailed but have to be received by July 29, 2011.
  2. The contest is open to amateur contestants of all ages, must be a Pennsylvania resident.
  3. The individual contestant must make their own dish.
  4. All ingredients should be familiar to most people and available locally.  Recipe should be creative, not a direct copy of a cookbook or magazine.
  5. The recipe must accompany the appetizer, can be hand written or typed on 8 ½”x 11” sheet of paper with contestants name, address and phone number on the back of the recipe. 
  6. Appetizers should be presented on a disposable plate or container.  Warming/Cooling dishes may be used; however the Clearfield County Fair and contest sponsors are not responsible for any lost, stolen or broken items during the contest.
  7. Servings to accommodate a minimum 4 judges are required.
  8. Appetizer entry is due at the Grove Stage no later than 11:45 a.m. Monday August 1, 2011.  Judging will take place at the Grove Stage.

Judging is based on the following criteria: flavor/taste (35 percent); originality (25 percent); appearance (25 percent); and ease of preparation (15 percent).

The first place winner will take home $50 and a rosette; second place $30 and a rosette; and third place $20 and a rosette.

Also new this year are two events sponsored by Sweat Art Bakery. The first is a Cake Decorating Contest. The rules are as follows:

  1. Open to any individual who is a Pennsylvania resident age 15 or older , that does not receive any income from baking/decorating (other than baking and cooking contests).
  2. All designs must be original creations of the contest.
  3. Cakes must be baked from “scratch” and accompanied with original recipe on 8 ½’ by 11” sheet of paper.  Hand written or typewritten.  Name, address and phone number listed on the back.
  4. All decorations must be edible, with the exception of internal cake supports.
  5. All submissions must include a detailed sketch of planned design and simple statement explaining how the design is to be executed.  Modifications to design must be supported with an explanation.
  6. Design must represent contest theme “Hometown Fair”
  7. Cake and fillings must not include components that require refrigeration. 

Judging will be based on the following criteria: taste, complexity of design, creativity within the theme and execution of design.

The first place winner will take home $100 and a rosette; second place $75 and a rosette; and third place $50 and a rosette.

Sweet Art Bakery is also sponsoring a Kids Cupcake Decorating Contest. The rules are as follows:

  1. Open to any Pennsylvania resident between the ages of  7-14.
  2. Cupcakes only. Decorating contest only, cupcakes may be made from scratch or a mix.
  3. The contestant must decorate the cupcake themselves.
  4. Entry may be a single decorated cupcake or a small group of cupcakes decorated as a single theme.  Contest theme is “Fair Food”.

Judging will be based on the following: creativity within theme, level of difficulty and overall appearance.

The first place winner will take home $50 and a rosette; second place $30 and a rosette; and third place $15 and a rosette.

Preregistration forms, for both Sweet Art Contests will be accepted at the Clearfield County Fair Office until July 29 at 4 p.m.  NO Exceptions. Culinary entry form from the official Clearfield County Fair Premium book may be used or a form can be picked up at the Sweet Art Bakery on the Clearfield County Fair Web site

Judging for both contests will be held Aug. 1 at noon on the Grove Stage.  Entries for both contests must arrive at the Grove stage no later than 11:45 a.m., Aug. 1.

Also featured this year is the King Arthur Flour Baking Contest. The contest is open to ages 8-17 and 18 and up. This contest will be held Aug. 1 at noon at the Grove Stage. The rules are as follows:

  1. Pre-registration  is required (see below) and is due as follows: received by date: July 29 at 4:00 p.m. at the Clearfield County Fair Office. NO Exceptions. Entries to be at the Grove Stage no later than 11:45 a.m. Aug. 1. Judging will take place at the Grove Stage.
  2. Exhibitor must bring the opened bag of King Arthur Flour or submit a UPC label from the flour bag when he/she submits their entry the day of the contest. Entrant must be a Pennsylvania Resident.
  3. Entry must be a layered cake of any flavor made from scratch using King Arthur Flour.

***For Junior entries must be a plate of 6 cookies made from scratch using King Arthur Flour.

  1. Cake must be frosted, edible decorations are encouraged. 
  2. All entries must be submitted on a disposable container/plate for judging. 
  3. All entries must be accompanied with a recipe typed or hand written on 81/2” by 11” sheet of paper with contestant’s name,  address and phone number on the back.
  4. Ingredients list must state King Arthur Flour.

Judging will be based on the following criteria: flavor (50 points); overall appearance (25 points); and texture (25 points).

The prices from King Arthur Flour are as follows:

Adult Category                                                                         Junior Category

1st place:  $75 gift certificate to the Baker’s Catalogue                 1st. place: $50 gift certificate to the Baker’s Catalogue

2nd place: $50 gift certificate to the Baker’s Catalogue                 2nd place: $25 gift certificate to the Baker’s Catalogue

3rd place:  King Arthur Flour Large Tote Bag                                3rd place:  Brownie Pan

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