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Peachy-keen pies
Master Gardener and contest judge Janie Mitchell prepares the table holding some of the contest entries. - photo by Michelle Kim

The first ever Peach Pie Baking Contest held by the Rockdale County Coopertive Extension during Family Fun Day at the Farmer's Market on Saturday morning saw 19 entries of just about every variety of peach pie imaginable. From custard peach pies to chocolate berry peach pies to straight up fruit-and-crust peach pies, the individuality of each entry made it difficult to choose a winner, said judges.

The first place winner in the "Avid Amatures" (age 19 and up) category was Judy Faulkner. The first place for "In-Betweens" (age 13 to 18) was Justin Turi, and first place for "Budding Bakers" (age 12 and under) was Quinn Parker.

The pies were awarded points based on overall appearance, crust color and texture, flling consistency and moistness, flavor and creativity and the highest scoring pies were declared the winners.

Judges were Peggy Lawrence, food services director for the Rockdale County Public School System, Chef Curtis Aikens of the Market Conyers, Oz Nesbitt, Rockdale County Post I Commissioner, Teresa Whittfield, 4-H parent, and Janie Mitchell, master gardener.

The Farmer's Market is held every Saturday and Tuesday through October, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1400 Parker Road and features local growers.


 Here are a few snapshots from the contest (pies are displayed with their entry number, not winning place number).