Win prizes for your best recipes at the fair |

Win prizes for your best recipes at the fair

Is there a special food you like to make that always brings rave reviews from friends?

The 2002 Nevada County Fair presents special competitions for cheesecake, pie, salsa, barbecue sauce and chocolate dishes.

Deadline for food contest sign-ups is 1 p.m. Aug. 3.

At 6 p.m. on the fair’s opening day, Aug. 7, judges will select the best cheesecake. Two categories, traditional and exotic, will be sampled. First-place winners will take home $50 plus lunch for two at Paulette’s Country Kitchen, sponsor of the food events. Second- and third-place winners will receive kitchen items.

On Aug. 8, pies will be judged. Winner of the second annual Baker’s Choice Pie Contest will receive $100 and lunch for two at Paulette’s. Second- and third-place winners get pastry baking accessories. A couple more judges are needed; call the fair office at 273-6217.

On Aug. 9, Salsa Square-Off entrants vie for the $100 first-place prize and lunch for two. Salsa accessories will be awarded to second- and third-place winners. Judging slots are still open.

On Aug. 10, Chocoholics Contest contestants compete for the $100 first prize, plus lunches. Second- and third-place winners will receive baking accessories and Hershey’s Kisses.

On the fair’s last day, Aug. 11, is a new competition, the Barbecue Sauce Contest. First-place wins $100 plus lunch and a barbecue grill cleaner. Barbecue implements will go to second- and third-place winners. Judging slots are still open.

Judging in all special-food contests starts at 6 p.m. in the Special Events Tent, near the fair’s main entrance. A refrigerator will be available to store entries that need to stay cold. Entrants get free fair admission on the day of judging.

For more details on the special-food contest and categories of general exhibits open to Nevada County residents, see the Competition Handbook, which contains entry forms and instructions on how to enter. Copies of the handbook can be picked up at local libraries and the Fair office, 11228 McCourtney Road, Grass Valley. Call 273-6217 for more information.

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