Baking brings out the best

| October 4, 2016

BEST OF SHOW | Chuck Donnell of Lone Star Fire Protection and Security combined with Charlie Wright of Quality Painting with the winning bid of $125 for the Best of Show apple pie baked by Pam McMorrow. Mark Fortune | Beacon

COSHOCTON COUNTY FAIR Coshocton County is blessed with a plethora of excellent bakers and the annual pie auction held at the Rotary Pavilion on Monday evening, Oct. 3 at the Coshocton County Fairgrounds is no stranger to delicious pies and candies. The auction is held to benefit both the bakers and the Art Hall – with the auction proceeds being split evenly between the two.

The names of the bakers for both the cake and baked goods auction – held on Friday evening each year – and for the pie auction are familiar names to anyone that exhibits, visits the Art Hall or attends the auction. They are all great bakers with their own methods.

Pam McMorrow was the big winner this year, with the Best of Show apple pie and three firsts. McMorrow took first place with her apple, cherry and pecan pies.

She said, “It makes me feel real good that people come out and attend the auction and bid. One of the bidders is my son-in-law, (Chuck Donnell) and he always comes out and supports me. Everyone is really supportive, the concessionaires, local businesses, the auctioneers, lots of people.

“Everyone is so supportive of all the bakers, it helps those of us that bake and it also helps the Art Hall with half of the money going for repairs and anything new they might need.”

McMorrow said about her fellow bakers, “Every year we get together and we call each other through the week as we are baking and get tips from each other, it’s a lot of fun to come each year and see all of the bakers – you only see some of these people once a year so it’s good to get together and just have a lot of fun.”

When asked for a tip or a ‘secret’ that might help a new baker, McMorrow said, “Just relax for one thing. Too many people get stressed out over it. It’s really easy to make a pie. I’ll give you one good tip and that is instead of using cold water I use warm.”

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I live with my beautiful wife Nancy on a small farm just outside Coshocton. We have been married for thirty two years and have two grown children, Jessica and Jacob. Jessica is married to Aaron Mencer and they are employed with Coshocton City Schools. Jacob is a sophomore at Kent State University. I graduated from River View High School, have a Bachelor’s Degree from North Carolina Wesleyan University and am actively involved with the Roscoe United Methodist Church, serve on several local committees and am a member of the Coshocton Kiwanis Club, having served as Past-President. I love reading, especially military thrillers, the Civil War and history in general. My goal is to write a novel. My wife and I are also AdvoCare distributors and encourage anyone wanting to lose weight, gain energy and better health to explore AdvoCare at our website; I love the media field, innovative technology and have worked in newspapers for over 30 years – in fact, my first job was delivering newspapers. The Beacon is a dream made possible by the support of this community and a great team. I hope to continue serving Coshocton County for many years.

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