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Recipes with peanuts, pecans, peanut butter, pecan butter, peanut oil, pecan oil, or other peanut or pecan products will be accepted

The Donalsonville-Seminole County Chamber of Commerce proudly announces the return of the always popular recipe contest to the slate of activities for this year’s October 19 Harvest Festival. Recipe Contest committee chairpersons Betty and Stephanie Mims have been busy putting together a winning recipe for a great contest and a whole lot of good eating.

“Recipes with peanuts, pecans, peanut butter, pecan butter, peanut oil, pecan oil, or other peanut/pecan products will be accepted,” said Mrs. Mims. “The recipe does not have to be an original. A family favorite passed down through the generations, something shared on Pinterest or torn from a magazine is acceptable – as long as the entry is made from scratch.”

The Harvest Festival Recipe Contest will be held Thursday, October 17 at the Seminole County Agri-Center on Town and Country Road. Entries will be accepted at the Seminole County Agri-Center from 4 – 6 p.m. on the day of the contest. Judging will begin at 6 p.m. and award winners will be announced immediately after the parade on Saturday, October 20. Participants will not be allowed in the judging area during judging.

There will be 10 areas of competition in each of the separate classes – student, adult and professional.  The categories will include sweets – cakes, pies, cupcakes, candies, cookies/bars and miscellaneous – main dishes, casseroles, soups, dips, appetizers.  Judges will select winners in each category on the basis of texture, excellence in flavor, appearance, originality, and effective use of pecan/peanut products.

The Harvest Festival Recipe Contest Committee reserves the right to disqualify any recipe that it feels is not original; for example, entries that are bought ready-made or created by someone other than the entrant.

Additional rules and regulations include a limit of one entry per category per person; professional caterers/cooks will not be eligible to win the Grand Prize in any category.  Professionals will only be recognized in the professional category; all recipes must be typed and include all ingredients and directions needed. A copy should be attached to the official entry form; each entry should consist of at least 10 servings; prepared mixes are allowed, as well as original family recipes.  Please state the brand name of mixes used; all entries will become the property of the sponsors of the Harvest Festival Recipe Contest Committee; no entries will be accepted unless they are in disposable containers.

Participants are requested to indicate on the entry form if your entry needs to be heated before the judges taste your product.

Students’ entries will not be judged against adult or professional entries.

Awards and prizes will be awarded in the student, adult, and professional classes. A grand prize designation will be awarded in the student and adult classes as well. Adult is defined as anyone over 18 years of age.  Student is defined as anyone 17 years of age and younger.

The 2019 Harvest Festival Recipe Contest is sponsored by Mims’ Farm, Seminole County Extension Service and the Seminole County Young Farmers.

For additional information or to obtain a rules and entry form for the 2019 Harvest Festival Recipe Contest, contact Betty at 229-220-9448, Stephanie at 229-220-1604,  or the Chamber of Commerce at 229-524-2588.

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