The Prairie Days Pie Baking Contest proved a great success once again this year. There were 14 entries in the contest, one of which was even baked over the fire in the historical encampment. After judging the pies were sliced and sold in the Prairie Days Mad Anthony’s Tavern to benefit the Friends of the Darke County Parks. The contest featured four different categories including apple, berry, peach, and other. The Friends would like to thank Diane Barga, Travis Nicholas, and Robert Besecker for judging this year’s contest. First place in the apple pie category went to Ginnie Schoening for her caramel apple pie, and first place in the berry and peach pie categories went to Darlene Dillon for her blueberry and peach pies, and Carolyn Hollinger’s oatmeal raison pie took first in the “other” category. The Best in Show prize went to Darlene Dillon for her peach pie; this is the third year in a row that peach has taken the top prize.
The Friends of the Darke County Parks also held a basket raffle which culminated at Prairie Days. The cooking themed basket, donated by the Phoenix Tecumseh Trail Committee, went to Darla Heckler. The photography basket, donated by the Darke County Photo Club, was won by Jake Williams. Lori Miller won the birding basket, donated by the Darke County Birders Club. The “Game Day at Home” basket, donated by the Darke County Canoe & Kayak Club, went to Dana Williams, and the gardening basket, donated by the Olde Thyme Gardeners, was won by Dan Holsapple. Carolyn Hollinger, the Friends of the Darke County Parks’ Member in charge of the raffle wanted to thank all those who donated items for the baskets and those who bought tickets to help support the mission of the Friends of the Darke County Parks District.