Mother & Daughter Win Apple Pie Baking Contest


WINCHESTER, Va. - A mother daughter duo won first place in the adult and youth divisions at the Apple Blossom Festival's Apple Pie Baking Contest Thursday at Marker Miller Orchards.

First time contestants Kelly Masters and her daughter Lauren said they entered the contest to spend more time together, and baked their first pie crust only five weeks ago.

"We kind of combined recipes and used different types of apples, and by the third pie we thought we had it down,” said Kelly Masters, who placed first in the adult division.

“My favorite part of the day was when they called out my name that I had won first place,” said Lauren Masters, 1st place winner of the youth division.

The Apple Pie Baking Contest is a staple at the Apple Blossom Festival, and is the only event that involves the actual orchards themselves.

The contest included appearances from both the Apple Blossom Queen, Ali Astin, and the Miss Apple Blossom Elizabeth Martin.

Twenty contestants competed for the coveted first place ribbon, many of whom have participated all 12 years, since Marker Miller Orchards brought back the competition in 2002.

Kelly and Lauren will be featured in the Firefighters and Grand Feature Parades this weekend, and Kelly will be one of the judges for the Apple Pie Baking Contest next year.

And advice they gave for next year’s contestants?

"Lots of practice, and have friends and family judge your pies," said Kelly.

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