First annual pie bake-off new to Outlaw Days festival

Pie is fine. In fact, it was pretty darn easy to get judges for the first annual Outlaw Days Pie Bake-off. Who doesn’t like perfectly flaky piecrust encased in a sweet filling?

The contest is pretty simple. Bake a pie and bring it to the southeast corner of the square (chili cook-off area) by 10 a.m. Saturday. Blind judging begins at 11 and awards will be announced at 2 p.m. First place wins $20, second $10 and $5 for third. All winners received a framed award. After judging, pie will be sold $3 a slice. Proceeds go toward the 2014 Outlaw Day Festival.

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It’s not too late to enter the second annual Outlaw Days Chili Cook-off. Entry forms are at the Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce and Richmond News. Cost for each entry is $20.

The contest joins the Chili Appreciation Society International (CASI) this year. CASI chili requires it be red in color with no beans. Winners of that division earn point to go to the International Chili Cook-off in Terlingua, Texas. The homestyle division is much like last year’s contest. Beans, chicken, pork or beef all are welcome. A minimum of three pounds of meat is required. Prize money and framed awards will be given to first and second place winners, People’s Choice winner and best costumed team.

The event will be located on the southeast corner of the square. A mandatory team meeting to review health department rules is at 8:30 a.m. Cooking begins at 9. Turn in for CASI chili is noon to judges and 1 p.m. for homestyle chili.

For more information, contact the chamber (816-776-6916) or the Richmond News (816-776-5454).

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