Applefest, which was held in Warwick on Sun., Oct. 14, featured traditional apple pie baking and apple pie eating contests to celebrate the area’s bountiful apple harvest. There were separate contests for adults and children and the crowd cheered on all the contestants.
The contests were coordinated by Leslie Noble and Tom Herman, of Noble Pies in Warwick. The pie eating contest involves eating an apple pie in a ten-minute time limit, with no hands allowed. Adult contestants are required to hold their hands behind their backs and eat a nine inch pie, and the contest for children includes a smaller six inch pie.
The winner of each contest receives a certificate good for a free pie per month, for three months, courtesy of Noble Pies. Each year, proceeds from the contests are donated to the Warwick Ecumenical Food Pantry. This year $170 was donated, along with 24 pies from Noble Pies.
Winners in the pie baking contest this year in the adult category were: the “I Love Warwick” pie baked by Linda Provost in first place, the “Spy Pie” baked by Bob Scussel of Stockholm, NJ in second place, the “Karen’s Annual Applefest Pie” baked by Karen Miller in third place, and the award for most creative pie went to the “Apple Tree Pie” baked by Melanie Kolacy from Warwick.
Winners in the junior category were: “Ellie’s Apple Pie” baked by Ellie Pfohl from Warwick in first place and the “Owl-icious” pie baked by Olivia Frawley and Olivia Cupo from Greenwood Lake in second place,
The winner in the adult category of the pie eating contest was Adham Kaawar of Queens, NY and in the junior category the winner was Ava Futoran of Bayside, NY.