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State Fair Food Judges Find Pleasure, Responsibility in Volunteering

These ladies have the responsibility of judging baked goods at the South Carolina State Fair, and they take their work seriously.
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These ladies have the responsibility of judging baked goods at the South Carolina State Fair, and they take their work seriously.

(Originally aired in 2016) - Eating cupcakes, pies, cakes, and cookies is a pleasure for most folks, but for judges at the South Carolina State Fair, it’s also a responsibility.  Judges Laurie Aker and Mae Wells say because baking contestants work hard to prepare their entries, they should also be diligent in evaluating each entry to get the fairest (no pun intended) and most accurate result in determining winners.  Here they give their criteria for judging food, and for a judge’s qualifications.      Aker lists some common mistakes made by some cooks, and judge supervisor Brenda Turner tells what impresses her in a baked good.