September 30, 2014

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Apple Festival holds closest apple pie contest in 33 years

Out of their three years entering, Jenny Bliss, and her daughter, Helena, have baked the winning Apple Festival Pie twice. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

Out of their three years entering, Jenny Bliss, and her daughter, Helena, have baked the winning Apple Festival Pie twice. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — After a particularly close competition, three Lorain County residents received awards for the best apple pies.

First place was awarded to Jenny Bliss, of Elyria. Cathy Sharp, of Elyria, received a second-place award and Miranda Nehls, of Lorain, was given the third-place honor.

The pies were judged in three categories — appearance, crust and taste, according to the Apple Pie Judging organizer, Dotti Klimczak. Cash prizes — $25 for first place, $10 for second and $5 for third — were awarded to the winners.

Klimczak, who serves as the Elyria Apple Festival vice president and as a member of Apple Core, said it was the first time in 33 years that there was a three-way tie and the judges had to re-evaluate each pie.

“Today, we’ve had some very good, tasty pies,” Klimczak said.

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or cmiller@chroniclet.com.