3rd Annual Somethin’ Pumpkin Winners Announced

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North Carolina Cooperative Extension held its third annual “Somethin’ Pumpkin Cooking  Contest” on October 14, 2017, as part of this year’s Cotton Ginning Festival. With good weather and sunshine this year, both youth and adults participated in the event with more than fifty entries that were creative and delicious. Contest categories included: 1) main dish, 2) desserts, 3) miscellaneous, and 4) youth (ages 8-18). Through the sponsorship of the Gaston County Farm Bureau prizes were awarded in each category: first place – $100, second place – $50, and third place – $25. A grand prize of $200 was awarded to the overall contest winner.

Congratulations to all contest winners, which included:

Contest Grand Prize Winner:

Pumpkin Torte  – submitted by Ann Helms of Gastonia, NC

Main Dish Category Winners:

  • First Place:  Cinnamon Roll Breakfast Casserole – submitted by Emily May of Bessemer City, NC
  • Second Place:  Pumpkin Chipotle Meatloaf – submitted by Cassandra Evans of Gastonia, NC
  • Third Place:  Pumpkin Chili – submitted by Megan Bowen of Bessemer City, NC

Dessert Category Winners:

  • First Place:  Pumpkin Cheesecake Bites with Tipsy Maple Pecan Icing – submitted by Peg Cast of Gastonia, NC
  • Second Place:  Pumpkin Dump Cake – submitted by Derinda Fredrickson of McAdenville, NC
  • Third Place:  Pumpkin Carrot Cake with Adrienne Jones– submitted by Adrienne Jones of Dallas, NC

Miscellaneous Category Winners:

  • First Place:  Pumpkin Spice White Hot Chocolate – submitted by Ann Helms of Gastonia, NC
  • Second Place:  Cheesy Pumpkin Sausage Tart – submitted by Cassandra Evans of Gastonia, NC
  • Third Place:  White Pumpkin Cheese Ball – submitted by Audrey Hunt of Gastonia, NC

Youth Category Winners:

  • First Place:  Perfectly Spiced Pumpkin Pie – submitted by Emory Johnson of Gastonia, NC
  • Second Place:  Pumpkin Curry Chicken – submitted by Jackson Scism of Bessemer City, NC
  • Third Place:  Pumpkin Fudge – submitted by Madison Dodd of Dallas, NC

“We were excited to see the number of families and youth who participated in this year’s contest. This event is designed to encourage both youth and adults to spend time cooking – especially with foods and recipes that may be new to them,” said Linda J. Minges, Family & Consumer Science Agent with NC Cooperative Extension. “We look forward to begin planning for next year’s event.”

“This event is a fun way for families to spend time together and children to learn life skills of cooking. It was exciting to see how much the event had grown from last year and the variety of recipes,” said Emily P. Crater, Liaison with Gaston County Farm Bureau.

Visit us on Facebook to view Somethin’ Pumpkin photos. Recipe collection available online.

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Photo of Linda Minges, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionLinda MingesExtension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences (704) 922-2127 linda_minges@ncsu.eduGaston County, North Carolina
Posted on Oct 18, 2017
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