Cherokee Pie Challenge 2014 Pie Days were planned at each of the county’s farmers markets, where bakers could cook up entries using local ingredients.
The winner of each Pie Day will compete for county bragging rights on Aug. 23 in the Pie Day Finals at Cherokee Fresh Market.
Pie Day at the Woodstock Farmers Market on Saturday will feature a Pie Baking and Pie Eating Contest, said Kyle Bennett with the Woodstock Visitors Center.
Bennett said at last year’s Woodstock Pie Day, 30 pies were entered, and he looks for even more this year.
From 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., pies may be registered for the contest at the Farmers Market. Pies must be turned in by 9:30 a.m. to be entered into the contest.
The Pie Eating Contest will be at 10:30 a.m. Entrants must register for the pie eating contest at the Farmers Market before the contest starts at 10:30. Minors require a parent/guardians signature to enter the contest.
“Every year, it has gotten more and more popular, and I am looking forward to seeing what delicious pies get entered this year,” Bennett said.
Pie Day is followed by a pie eating contest, and those in attendance might get a chance to sample some of the entries as well, he said.
Pies can be sweet or savory, hot or cold. The pies submitted for judging must contain at least one locally available ingredient, which does not need to be in season and may be fresh, frozen or canned.
Categories are Youth under 18, Adult and Professional.
Pie Day is presented in conjunction with the Cherokee County Farm Bureau. For information on the pie contest, contact Shirley Pahl at Cherokee County Farm Bureau at (770) 479-1481 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for contest rules and entry form.