Selected Winners of the Amazing Liberty Hill Independence Day Contest | national news

Mrs. Liberty Competition

Lea Goucher replaced her American cowgirl hat with a sparkly tiara at Liberty Hill’s stunning Independence Day July 3 after being named Mrs. Liberty for 2022.

Goucher did not attend the event he was planning to enter the competition, but when she and her 16-year-old granddaughter heard it was announced that anyone could enter to compete for the Mrs. Liberty title, she spoke with her granddaughter to join her on stage.

“It was my first time going to the festival in Liberty Hill, and it was a catalyst for the moment,” Goucher said. “I love getting dressed up and I love the holidays, and I said to my granddaughter, ‘Hey, let’s enter this contest. “They said anyone could be in it, but I was the only woman who got up there. The way you win is by how many people applauded you when you walked on stage, and when you walked along the stage, I think a lot of people applauded for senior citizens of the group.

Goucher, who turned 60 earlier this year, said she’s never won a competition like this — including not wearing a tiara on her head or a scarf on her chest — but it was a moment she’ll always appreciate.

“I’ve never been crowned queen,” she said. “I would instill in young ladies to do just that – don’t be afraid to enter a contest. If you want to do it, just go up there. It doesn’t matter if you are 60.”

Spit out watermelon seeds

Not everyone can say they won a watermelon seed spitting contest, but there are at least two people at Liberty Hill who have what it takes and show off their skills at Liberty Hill Independence Day Spectacular.

In the adult division, Ryan Willard won a seed spitting distance of 45 feet 6 inches. In the Under-18 class, 14-year-old Gage Salinas won with a total distance of 34 feet 7 inches.

Salinas’ stepmother, Sarah Salinas, said she didn’t know Gage was planning to enter the contest, and she didn’t even know to go watch it while it was happening.

“I didn’t know he came in until I heard his announcement on stage, and I was surprised,” she said. “He only came to us after that. He had never done a competition like this before. It was definitely the first, but he was so excited to win.”

eat hot dog

Alex Chapman came to the Liberty Hill Independence Day Spectacular with one goal: to win the sausage-eating contest for the second year in a row.

“Last year I was about to move to Liberty Hill and decided to start going to events in the area just to see what it looked like, and I thought it would be fun to enter a sausage-eating contest,” Chapman said. “I didn’t expect to win. But this year I had to come back to defend my title.”

Chapman wore 10 sausages at this year’s contest — more than he ate last year.

“I’ve upped my game for this year,” he said. “I didn’t feel as bad as I felt last year because I prepared a little more this year, but it was like having a lead balloon in my stomach for a day or two.”

Chapman plans to return to the competition again in 2023 to see if he can continue his winning streak, but if he doesn’t win, he won’t be too upset.

“I’ll keep coming every year until I lose, but hopefully next year or sooner because I don’t know how many years I can do with my body,” he said. “But I will always come back until I lose.”

Homemade apple pie

Karina Calderon used to hate apple pie, but you wouldn’t know it after you learned that she won first place in the homemade apple pie competition at Liberty Hill Independence Day Spectacular.

“I didn’t grow up, I loved apple pie,” she said. “When I was 17, I went to Austin and studied pastry and what opened my eyes was that the things I didn’t like growing up were because I didn’t like making them.”

Calderon added that attending culinary school taught her that there are many different ways to prepare food and bring out different flavors — and because she didn’t like apple pie, this was a good dish to try.

“I was excited to get it right,” she said. “I brought apple pies to the restaurant where I worked for my co-workers to try. My first attempt was disgusting, but after about five attempts I managed to get it right.”

The thing about her apple pie, Calderon said, is that she cooks her apples until all the juices come out.

“Often for an apple pie, you get the apples and leave them in the sugar and then strain the juice and cook the juice separately,” she said. “For me, I didn’t get much of an intense apple taste and sometimes the apples are dry, so by cooking it all the apples are fully caramelized and not dry. I get more apple flavor because of that.”

Noelia Hernandez was the runner-up in the competition with Apple Pie with a Twist, and the third-place winner was Candy Chimento with Delicious Dutch Apple Pie.

Try this year’s winning Apple Pie recipes at home

1st place – homemade apple pie


1 pound flour

8 ounces butter

1 tsp. salt

2 tsp. Sugar

1 tsp. vinegar


1 per blacksmith’s hump, delicious golden apple, honey crunchy

4 ounces butter

4 ounces sugar

4 ounces brown sugar

1 tsp. Lemon juice

1 tsp. brandy

1 tsp. vanilla

Second place – apple pie with a twist


1 puff pastry dough 9 inches


2/3 cup flour

Half a cup of sugar

Half a cup of brown sugar

1 tbsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. salt

2/3 cup chopped pecans

8 tablespoons. cold butter cubes


a sprinkle of flour

Half a cup of sugar

Half a cup of brown sugar

1 tsp. cinnamon

A dash of ginger

A dash of nutmeg

7 cups thinly sliced ​​apple (use a variety)

Lemon juice

fiery cinnamon whiskey


Roll dough, flour and pie line. Chill until ready to use. make streusel. Mix them together until it forms a crumbly, sand-like consistency and let it cool until ready to use. Bring flour, sugar and spices into a bowl. peel, cut and core the apple; Add lemon juice to prevent it from turning brown. Add Fireball and mix. Mix the apples into the sugar mixture, covering the apples evenly. Pour the apple filling into the prepared pillow. Top with an even layer of streusel. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or until crust is golden and delicious. Allow to cool before serving.

3rd place – delicious Dutch apple pie

6 large apples, peeled and finely chopped

Half a cup of sugar

¼ cup flour

½ tsp. cinnamon

½ tsp. Nutmeg

Stir apples with sugar mixture. It turns into a pie crust.


1 cup flour

Half a cup of brown sugar

Half a cup of hard butter

½ tsp. cinnamon

Mix until crumbly and sprinkle over the pie. Bake at 400 degrees for 45 minutes.

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