Baked pie contest a family affair

LaHarpe's Joyce Lee fended off several impressive challengers, including several of her own relatives, to win the Allen County Fair Baked Pie Contest Thursday. The fair fun hits high gear this weekend.


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July 28, 2023 - 3:07 PM

Joyce Lee, right, won the Allen County Fair Baked Pie Contest Thursday. Her granddaughter Gianna Barney took second in what was Barney's first ever foray into a baking contest. Photo by Richard Luken / Iola Register

One of the sweetest family feuds in recent memory came to a thrilling conclusion Thursday evening at the Allen County Fair.

The occasion was the baked pie contest, where competitors were tasked with concocting their best blackberry pie.

Judges Brenda Armstrong, Edna Donovan and Denise Mentzer meticulously rated 13 entries on such things as appearance, crust flakiness, and most importantly, taste.

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