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Wanted:  Bakers and Canners - 2018 Fruita Fall Festival

By Denise Hight


    The theme for the 2018 Fruita Fall Festival is “Celebrating Small Town America,” and baking and canning displays have been the mainstay of small town festivals and fairs for over a century.

    The Fruita Fall Festival has long held a baking and canning contest, but this year’s event promises to be even bigger and better.

    “First of all, we are excited to bring it back downtown,” said Shelly Smith of Town and Country Finance, who is organizing the event with Geri Robinson of Robinson Realty and Mike Daniels of American Family Insurance. Smith, Robinson, and Daniels all have businesses on Aspen Avenue in downtown Fruita, and have been involved with the Fall Festival for many years. The baking and canning contest used to be held in downtown Fruita, and they are pleased that it will be located once again right in the center of all the Festival’s action.

    Judging for the contest will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 22, at Robinson Realty at 130 East Aspen Avenue. That’s less than a month for you to plan and create a prize-winning creation!

    The judges are hoping for delicious entries of course, but in addition to taste, entries will also be judged on presentation, texture, and adherence to theme. Since this year’s Fall Festival theme is “Celebrating Small Town America,” the focus is pretty broad so you can let your imaginations soar.

    There are several categories, and entrants can enter as many of them as they wish. The organizers are hoping to receive lots and lots of entries. Categories in the canning division include pickled fruits, pickled vegetables, pickles, and relish; canned fruits and vegetables; and jellies, jams, honeys, and syrups. Baking categories include breads; cakes and cookies; and pies and cobblers. There is also a separate category for all entries created by Junior Chefs ages eleven and under. There is no cost to enter the contest.          

    Prizes include $100 for the Best of Show, and $25 for the winner in each category. There will also be a prize for the most unique entry.

    All entries must be accompanied by an entry form. Forms can be found online at www.fruitafallfestival.com. They can also be picked up in person at Robinson Realty, American Family Insurance, or Town and Country Finance, all located on the 100 block of East Aspen Avenue, or at the Fruita Chamber of Commerce office located at 432 East Aspen Avenue, or by calling Town & Country Finance at 858-4752.

    All entries should be dropped off at Robinson & Co. Realty at 130 East Aspen Avenue. Canned goods can be dropped off anytime during the week of September 17 for judging on September 22. Baked goods, since they will need to be fresh for the judges, should be dropped off Saturday morning, September 22. Judging will start at 1 p.m., and the winners will be announced at 4:30 p.m. from the stage at Circle Park.

    Best of luck with your entries!