There are three actual contests being offered, said Susan Krumm, a family and consumer sciences agent with K-State Research and Extension-Douglas County. In addition to the fair's Open Class Food Division, Monday through Aug. 8, that anyone can enter, there will also be the R.B. Rice Contest, the President's Pie Baking Contest and the Naturally Nutritious Food Festival.
The President's Pie Baking Contest is a daily event of the fair. Pies can be entered from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. each morning at the Fair Board Office in Building 21 of the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds. Contestants may enter as many homemade fruit pies on as many days as they desire. There will be daily prizes, and an overall champion will be selected. Cash prizes will be offered. Pies will be donated to the 4-H food stand.
Foods for the Naturally Nutritious Food Festival may be entered from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 5 in Building 21. Classes in this competition include fresh salsa, cold salad featuring pasta, international cuisine, meatless main dish, entree featuring beef, healthy desserts and healthy snacks prepared by young chefs (12 and under). Gift certificates will be awarded to winners.
The R.B. Rice Contest, for cooks 18 and older, will be Aug. 6 at Building 21. Contestants should create a special hot dinner dish or a tasty appetizer (hot or cold) using R.B. Rice Sausage and or R.B. Rice Chili. Entries must be received between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Cash prizes will be awarded.
For more information on all these contests, plus additional information on entering foods in the open classes, contact K-State Research and Extension-Douglas County, 843-7058.