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Florida State Fair Best of Show Baking Sweepstakes judging

The 2017 Florida State Fair Best of Show Baking Sweepstakes judging upped their game. For the first time in the decades of the annual competition, the judging went live, with spectators and competitors invited to watch Friday as judges Scott Arend, Karen McKinny and Toni Haynes got busy scrutinizing the cakes, cookies, pies, confections and other sweet creations. Arend, who drove from his home in Seattle, Wash. in an RV with his dog, Noodle, has been a state fair baking judge for seven years around the country. He spoke of the strawberry rhubarb pies of Washington, the marionberry pies of Oregon, peach pies of Georgia and pecan pies in Texas. This was his first Florida judging, his task: pies and cookies. Open only to contestants who have previously won Best of Show in the Florida State Fair Baking Competition, the sweepstakes event is smaller than the general competition (which will be held Saturday in the Florida Center building), but fierce. [LAURA REILEY | Times]

Source: Tampa Bay Times

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