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Pie contest is a crowd pleaser

People of all ages dive face-first into cream pies at the fair

July 20, 2011
Carrie Olson - Staff Writer ( , The Daily Freeman Journal

Cream pie facials were popular at the Hamilton County Fair on Tuesday night, as area residents competed in a pie-eating contest sponsored by Whoop-ti-Doos & La-ti-Daas.

Fair queen contestants even got in the action and stuffed their faces with either coconut cream or strawberry cream pies - trying to beat their competitors to finish first.

"I wanted something that would just be good, clean fun," Joy Fopma, contest organizer said. "Well, maybe not so clean."

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-Daily Freeman-Journal photo by Carrie Olson
Katelynn McCollough, the 2010 Hamilton County Fair Queen competed in a pie-eating contest on Tuesday.

She said that winners would receive prizes, ranging from gift certificates to T-shirts. They would also have their picture displayed at her shop for all to see.

Tim Holt and Kempton Young, Fair Board members, emceed the event.

Holt asked contestants to go fast - but make it entertaining.

Toward the end of the first round, Young said that if it were a hot dog contest, they were getting to the queasy part.

"Push through the wall," he said. "Reach down to your toes and tell yourself you can."

David Borer, of Webster City, received first place, and Danielle Durivage, of Webster City, received second.

Queen contestants had the task of trying not to mat down their hair with the sweet treat.

"Don't worry about your complexion," Young said. "It's good for the pores."

Eventually candidate Samantha Leksell, of Kamrar, received second place, and Rachel Vaughn, of Blairsburg, received second.

Candidates ended the contest by throwing the rest of a pie at Holt's face.

Contact Carrie Olson at or call 832-4350.



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