‘Berry’ Good Day at Fair
LANCASTER– It was clearly a tough decision as the judges deliberated for a long time. A nervous crowd awaited their decision at the Fairfield County Fair Tuesday. The judges were deciding who made the best dessert of 13 entrants in Fairfield’s Finest Food contest, which the Friendly Bremen Banking Center sponsored. “The dessert has to be made with berries,” said Sherry Keller, who was helping to coordinate the contest.
The judges, who had plenty of pies, cobblers, and other desserts to choose from, judged each entry on taste (50 percent of the score), appearance of the food (30 percent), overall visual appeal/ plating ( 10 percent), and creative use of berries (10 percent).
Stephanie Kemmerer won first prize with her Italian vanilla cream with berries and pound cake croutons. Cindy Cook came in second with her Thanksgiving morning red raspberry kuchen, and Susan Floyd took third place with her red, white, and berry blue scones. Judge Dee Conrad and Fairfield County Festival first runner-up queen Lea Agsten presented the prizes.
According to the fair’s web site, the Fairfield County Fair is one of the last county fairs of the year. It offers a variety of attractions including truck, tractor, and horse pulls, demolition derbies, concerts, bands, and horse races. There is also a large assortment of exhibits and rides for all ages. The fair runs through Oct. 15.