Making Memories Continues at Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival Apple Pie Baking Competition | nevdely

Carrie Walston looked up from the pie crust she was building during the Apple Pie Baking competition at the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival, turned toward Ellen and Hannah Kerry, couldn’t help but smile.

“You’re going to win for sure because you have the most fun,” Walston, of Winchester, told the mother-daughter duo in pink shirts at a Thursday morning event at Marker Miller Orchards in Frederick County. “That’s all there is to it, isn’t it?”

The Keri ladies, of Linden, have been baking together for about 15 years, but Eileen said her daughter has been in the kitchen with her since she was a child.

“My favorite part of this is just creating the memories, these wonderful memories,” said Elaine Kerry.

Both women have won a baking contest before, with Hannah winning the youth contest previously.

This was the first year Hannah was old enough to compete with the adults, so the pressure was on both mother and daughter. They both admitted with a smile, however, that mom was more competitive.

Across the aisle, mother Heather Enlow and her 13-year-old daughter Margaret were working hard on their apple pies.

“Margaret and I share the same recipe from the same cookbook,” said Heather, a Loudoun County resident. “It was fun teaching her how to do these kinds of things. I’m glad I didn’t have to compete with her because she was hitting the pants on me. As a parent, I feel so proud to be here at this event with her and continuing the family tradition.”

Margaret has only been baking for a few years, but the Apple Blossom contest was the reason she took part in it, she said. Well, that and the fact that her older brother won the youth competition. Margaret received the award a few years ago.

At No. 1 along the prep tables, 76-year-old Harrisonburg resident Bruce Homer was cracking jokes and receiving apple blossom again.

A native of Winchester, Homer has been part of the Marker-Miller annual competition, which began in 2001.

“In today’s apple pie, I’m going to add half a teaspoon of chili powder,” Homer said. “I have to do something different. I have no idea what it changes, but I tell everyone it changes the molecular structure. Then they don’t interrogate me. But it really does something to it.”

In all, 20 participants baked apple pie in the competition on Thursday – 18 in the adult group and two in the youth group.

Homer was the oldest contestant at the age of 76, and their friends Margaret Enlo and Audrey Rinker were the youngest at 13.

This was the first time Rinker had competed in the competition and the second she had ever baked apple pie. She said she joined the competition because her friend Margaret needed someone to compete with.

Carmen Schlosser won the adult category in the competition with Walston taking second place. Margaret Enloy took the bar on the youth side with Rinker taking second place.

The event began with apple peeling at 9 a.m., and each contestant had to put a pie in the oven at 10 a.m., with the verdict starting at noon. Contestants were able to check their pies 30 minutes after they were placed in the oven.

Preparation stations consist of equipment and ingredients brought by the contestants, such as rolling pins, measuring cups, peelers, various liquids such as rum and wine, different types of apples, and seasonings and seasonings.

Fans can gather and watch the event. Some brought their young children to watch the event and talk to some of the participants.

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