GarCo judges belly up for their piece of the pie |

GarCo judges belly up for their piece of the pie

Post Independent/Kara K. Pearson

RIFLE – For months, Garfield County Administrator Ed Green has been on a lunchtime diet of an apple and a chocolate chip cookie.He’s since lost 23 pounds. But he blew it at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, when he got roped into being a cookie jar and apple pie judge at the Garfield County Fair.Green filled in at the Commissioner’s Cookie Jar Contest for commissioner Trési Houpt, who was out of town. He joined commissioners Larry McCown and John Martin as a judge.The decorated cookie jars and boxes contained three dozen cookies, with three of each kind set out for the judges. They were critiqued on uniformity, texture, taste, color and size – the cookies, that is.

First place went to Karen Rhoades of Rifle; second to Mary Jane Hangs of Rifle; third to Katie MacGregor of Rifle; fourth to Terry Mahany of Parachute and fifth to Quest Martin of Silt.”I’ll keep trying until I get first,” Hangs said with a laugh. “But Karen is going to have to stay home for me to do that.”Prizes included $40 for first; $20 for second and $15 for third.As if they weren’t full enough, the judges then moved over to judge the apple pie contest with seven entries – three crumb toppings and four double-crusts.Judges Green and Martin were joined by Dale Hancock, county public information officer, along with Norma Carver of Meeker and Mary Jo Gerard of Eagle County.

The pies were judged 20 percent for presentation; 10 percent on color; 10 percent on crust; 50 percent on taste and 10 percent on consistency.”It’s all so good – I’m full,” Hancock groaned halfway through the tasting. “I need to get back on the treadmill.”Martin, on the other hand, wasn’t bothered a bit.”I started eating when I was very young and I can never get enough,” he explained, being one of the first to finish off his pie slices.

Pie: see page A2While Hancock and Green were newcomers to the judging, it was an old hat to Carver.”I’ve been judging down here for years,” she said with a smile.The first-place winner for the crumb crust apple pie was Mildred Arnold of Rifle; second place went to Valerie Mallicoat of Rifle and third to Barbara White of Rifle.Honorable mention for the double-crust apple pie went to White; third place to Jenny Blea of Rifle; second to B.J. Lindauer of Rifle and first place to Mallicoat.

So what’s her apple pie secret?Nothing.”I just enter every year,” Mallicoat shrugged. “This is the first time I’ve won in double-crust. I always won second, second, second.”Green finished last of the judges to score the pies, with a furrowed brow and looking as if he was taking the competition very seriously.”This was tough duty,” he said as he got up from the table.The pies were then cut up and sold to the public for $1 per slice.

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