Manitou Pie Baking Contest is a hit

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A slice of April Boyce's caramel apple chai pie. - GRIFFIN SWARTZELL
  • Griffin Swartzell
  • A slice of April Boyce's caramel apple chai pie.
Monday's 20th Annual Good Old Summertime Ice Cream Social and Pie Baking Contest featured a wide variety of pies ranging from traditional to intriguing, and I had the good fortune to judge them. With the exception of one or two pies, everything was delicious in both the adults' and children's divisions.

Each participant baked two fruit pies for judging and consumption by attendees, sold off at $2 a slice. 

April Boyce won first in the adult division with a caramel apple chai pie, which featured a lovely (and labor-intensive) leaf design baked to a perfect golden color, plus a beautifully balanced filling. Second went to Nancy Smith's chocolate peanut butter delight, a pie with no dairy and no added sugar made from tofu – and let's be honest, it was healthier than half of what I eat regularly. Third was Heather Briggs' starry night blueberry pie – crust on the bottom, a few crust stars on top, and what looked like pounds of fresh blueberries in between.

The children's division winner was also an apple pie: Tinly Unruh's "Apple of my Pie," which would have stood admirably among the adult division with its delicate lattice crust. Jacob White's second-place strawberry pop tart pie intimidated with a vivid red filling under white frosting and sprinkles, but it was quite tasty, with a crust that tasted more like cake. 

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