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Appleton’s Carnation Bake Off sparks fierce competition


Mayor Derm Flynn calls it the “Appleton Bake Off Wars.” He says it’s an iconic part of Appleton’s Winterfest.

To his surprise, his wife Diane Flynn took top honours at the Carnation Bake Off this year with her Screech Pie. Flynn laughed as a friend tied a red ribbon “crown” around her head.

“It’s absolutely fabulous.  I was up against all these expert bakers—I’m not a baker,” joked Flynn. “I guess it just showed who the queen was.”

The Bake Off is a fiercely fought event each year, sparking some family rivalries. Sisters Vera Simms and Maxine Barbour have traded top honours back and forth, but this year Barbour’s daughter Tina Timmons took coveted first place in the cheesecake category with her Appleton Crisp Cheesecake.

“There’s no word to describe the feeling. The challenge, the struggle is real,” Timmons said, laughing with her mother and her aunt.

“It was so much fun watching the participants rib each other and commenting on the judges’ facial features while they were eating… cause they were trying to read things into that,” the Mayor said.

He added that he doesn’t get Screech Pie at home. That’s just for special events.

Vera Simms’ Peanut Butter Bars took first place for cookies and squares and Mona Byrne’s Butter It Up Fudge won in the miscellaneous category.

The town issued a book of Winterfest Bake Off recipes to celebrate the 25th anniversary.

Winners took home a bag of Carnation goodies donated by Acosta.

gail.collins@tc.tc

To his surprise, his wife Diane Flynn took top honours at the Carnation Bake Off this year with her Screech Pie. Flynn laughed as a friend tied a red ribbon “crown” around her head.

“It’s absolutely fabulous.  I was up against all these expert bakers—I’m not a baker,” joked Flynn. “I guess it just showed who the queen was.”

The Bake Off is a fiercely fought event each year, sparking some family rivalries. Sisters Vera Simms and Maxine Barbour have traded top honours back and forth, but this year Barbour’s daughter Tina Timmons took coveted first place in the cheesecake category with her Appleton Crisp Cheesecake.

“There’s no word to describe the feeling. The challenge, the struggle is real,” Timmons said, laughing with her mother and her aunt.

“It was so much fun watching the participants rib each other and commenting on the judges’ facial features while they were eating… cause they were trying to read things into that,” the Mayor said.

He added that he doesn’t get Screech Pie at home. That’s just for special events.

Vera Simms’ Peanut Butter Bars took first place for cookies and squares and Mona Byrne’s Butter It Up Fudge won in the miscellaneous category.

The town issued a book of Winterfest Bake Off recipes to celebrate the 25th anniversary.

Winners took home a bag of Carnation goodies donated by Acosta.

gail.collins@tc.tc

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