To my surprise, they asked me to judge the Columbia County Fair Cookie Contest! The Fair is also an advertiser on this website! They are amazing.
Some thought that I would be there, in drag, at the Fair, sampling and judging cookies. No. That is not going to happen.
The judging occurred a week before the Fair. I walked into the room last weekend, and the other judge, from Pieconic, was already there. I was in excellent company!
There was a table-full of cookies, organized in several categories. Each category had a winner. I sampled each cookie, and gave a rating, one to ten, on various criteria – taste, presentation, and something else…
Afterwards, a friend asked if the cookies were original recipes. I said, “I don’t know. But, what are we going to do? Bring the cookies to a lab? Analyze the proportions? White to brown sugar? The ratio of butter to flour? Compare the results to known cookie recipes? No. They get a ribbon and a wooden spoon as a prize.”
We have watched too many reality cooking show contests. The Columbia County Fair keeps it real.
The Cookie Contest Winners!
There was also a Duct Tape Fashion Show!