The Buchanan County ISU Extension and Outreach would like to remind the community of the 42nd Annual Fresh Fruit Pie Baking Contest as part of the 2018 Buchanan County Fair on Thursday, July 5. Pie baking time slots are available from 6 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Contestants will be given one hour to arrange their work area, prepare the crust and filling, and assemble the pie. Pies need to be completely prepared, assembled, and baked at the fairgrounds; with the exception of the fresh fruit, which may be peeled, sliced and pre-cooked on the stove at home ahead of time. No filling may be cooked on the stoves at the 4-H building. Lard must be used in the pie. Work tables, pie tins, lard and ovens will be provided. Pie bakers must furnish any remaining equipment and ingredients needed. Pies must be pastry, two-crust; no lattice top, frozen crusts, streusel topping or one-crust pies. Pies will be judged on appearance, tenderness, texture, flavor of filling, crust and consistency of filling.

There is no fee to enter the contest. Open to any Buchanan county resident. Junior Division is for those 12th grade or under; while the Senior Division is for those 18 and over who are not enrolled in high-school.To register contact Melanie Weber, Office Assistant, with Buchanan County ISU Extension and Outreach at (319) 334-7161 or email