Secret entry wins Pie Contest!

Judges discuss entries at the pie contest

The Island EMS pie contest judges at work.

Judging a pie contest can be tough. This year we recruited four members of our hard working Beaver Island EMS team: EMS Director Danielle Deadloff, Joe Moore, Kevin White and Vince Pickhardt for this task. (Actually Danielle said they’d had a lot of volunteers for this special mission).

Throughout the years, the number of entries have varied, with anywhere from two to 28 pies brought in for the contest. The youngest winner was a nine year old and one of the most unusual entries was a pie baked by an entire family (Grandma, son and grandkids).

This year another story emerged. The ladies of the Beaver Island Christian Church decided to secretly enter a pie on behalf of one of their Ladies Circle members, noting that she’d brought in two pies for their booth at the Bite of Beaver and was a fantastic baker. 

The judges made several rounds of taste testing before announcing their decision: The number one pie this year was baked by Mary Dawson – who was quite surprised when her name was announced from the stage and she was crowned with a Bite of Beaver Island baseball cap and given her 1st place prize, a ceramic pie-plate donated from the Kitchen Store at Dalwhinnie.

For more of the story of the contest, the Boodle and the Bite of Beaver Island Food Fest (plus lots of great photos), see the November issue of NorthernIslander.