Saturday, October 10, 2015

Prairie Days Pie Baking Contest and Basket Raffle a Success

Hugh Linebaugh accepts his certificates for first place
peach pie and Best in Show from Tina White,
a Trustee for the Friends of the Darke County Park District.
The Prairie Days Pie Baking Contest proved a great success once again this year. There were 13 entries in the contest which, after judging, were sliced and sold in the Prairie Days Mad Anthony’s Tavern to benefit the Friends of the Darke County Parks. Two pies were also donated anonymously just to be sold and benefit the Friends. The contest featured four different categories including apple, berry, peach, and other. The Friends would like to thank Diane Barga, Travis Nicholas, and Robert Besecker for judging this year’s contest. First place in the apple pie category went to Darlene Dillon, and first place in the berry pie category went to Kim Davis for her strawberry rhubarb pie. Hugh Linebaugh took first in the peach pie category, and Betsy Nisonger’s Concord blue grape took first in the other category. The Best in Show prize went to Hugh Linebaugh for his peach pie. Mr. Linebaugh graciously donated his cash prize back to the Friends.

The Friends of the Darke County Parks also held a basket raffle which culminated at Prairie Days. Baskets were donated by Darke County Birders, the Darke County Photo Club, the Old Thyme Gardeners, the Darke County Canoe and Kayak Club, and the Tecumseh Trail Phoenix Committee. Laura Askill, the Prairie Days school marm, won the bird basket, and Margaret Hayes was overjoyed about the camera she won in the photography basket. Dixie Halderman loved the KitchenAid items in her basket from the Phoenix Committee, and a member of the Glidewell family was excited about their tea basket from the Canoe and Kayak Club. The Old Thyme Gardener’s basket went to Andy Krickenbarger who bought his ticket at a preschool event. Carolyn Hollinger, who ran the raffle, said that the event brought in $1,100 for the Friends, and she wanted to thank all those who donated items for the baskets and those who bought tickets to help support the mission of the Friends of the Darke County Parks District.

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