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Monday, August 1, 2022

The highest (or hungriest) bidders won pies, cakes and other tasty treats at the Auglaize County Fair

By Leslie Gartrell

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A ruby ​​raisin pie made by Judy Mowery. Dozens of delicious pies, cakes, cookies and other treats were up for sale at Sunday’s top auction at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds.

WAPAKONETA – How much money would you spend for the best chocolate cake in the county?

For a group of bidders at Sunday’s best cake and pie auction at the Auglaize County fairgrounds, a blue ribbon chocolate cake is worth $400.

Businesses and families compete for the best cookies, pies, cakes, sweet breads and other confectionery delights that the home bakers of Auglaize County had to offer.

Some of the goods sold at auction were relatively inexpensive, selling for between $5 and $40 to the highest bidder. A unique ruby ​​raisin pie with crumble topping baked by Judy Mowery sold for $35.

Other items were a little more expensive, selling for around $50 to $85. Denise Limbert’s coconut cake, generously covered in frosting and shredded coconut, sold for $85.

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This coconut cake, made by Denise Limbert, sold for $85 at the Auglaize County Fair auction on Sunday.

Some of the most coveted candies easily sell for $100 or more. A peach pie bursting with seasonal fruit and topped with a creamy whipped topping baked by Edee Marshal sold for $150.

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A peach pie made by Edee Marshal was auctioned off for $150 at the Auglaize County Fair on Sunday.

However, the bidding war for Marilyn Shaw’s chocolate cake was by far one of the most competitive – and expensive – auctions of the evening.

The two-tiered chocolate cake, featuring a thick layer of decadent chocolate frosting and a decorative piped edge, was sold to a group of four bidders for $400.

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Marilyn Shaw holds her best chocolate cake, which was auctioned off to a group of four bidders for $400 at the Auglaize County Fair on Sunday.

Shaw, a retired schoolteacher from the town of Wapakoenta, said she has been attending the fair’s culinary show for about 10 to 12 years. The baker said she usually submits the family’s favorite recipes to the competition each year.

Along with her $400 cake, Shaw also submitted four other baked goods for this year’s show, including a Swedish tea ring that sold for $80.

Making family favorites is the cornerstone of its entrees. The Swedish tea ring, for example, is a treat the family enjoys every Christmas. Shaw said she also enters cookies in the contest, as she often bakes them in large batches during harvest to deliver to her family while she works in the fields.

“A lot of times we buy (auction products) just because the recipe is new and different,” she added.

When asked for tips on how to make show-worthy confections, Shaw said practice really does make perfect.

“You have to practice to be successful,” she said. “I’m teaching my granddaughters right now, they’re decorating cakes (and) breads. You just have to practice. You find little shortcuts, some tools that work better.”

With time and practice also come reliable recipes that a baker can keep with them for years, Shaw noted.

“You take recipes over the years that stick and use them,” she said. “Because you can do stuff on Google and find a million results and it might not be what you expected.”

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Scott Cisco is taking bids for an item at the Auglaize County Fair auction on Sunday.

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Pies and cakes wait to be auctioned on the counter of the fruit market at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds on Sunday.

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