The 53rd annual San Saba County Pecan Food Show was held December 5th at the Court House. Six judges from neighboring counties chose the White Chocolate Pecan Christmas Torte baked by Imogene Hawkins as the Club Division Grand Champion. The Pecan Turtle Bars made by Winnie Lou McCoury took the Reserve Champion honors.
In the Non-Club Division the Caramel Frosted Hummingbird Cake made by Janice Bates was given the Grand Champion rosette and Stan Weik’s Armadillo Eggs took the Reserve Champion rosette.
Pecan Caramel Bars baked by Wyatt Deans were chosen as the Grand Champion in the Youth Division. Hollee Ragsdale took the Reserve Champion honors with her Pecan Pie. All of these winners and the recipes that were shared will appear in the 2009 Pecan Show Champions Cookbook.
These winners had intense competition this year. There were a total of 60 entries. The other winners and participants in the show were:
Appetizers: Jackie Doner 1st
Cookies: Winnie Lou McCoury 1st, Lynn Blankenship 2nd, and Doris Cates 3rd,
Cakes: Imogene Hawkins 1st, Winnie Lou McCoury 2nd, Lynn Blankenship 3rd, Sherri Craduck, Fannie Crawford, Mary Jane Dennis, Noma Fitzgerald, Marilyn Miller, and Jeanne Sauer.
Candy: Shirley Dickinson 1st and 2nd, Jackie Doner 3rd, and Noma Fitzgerald
Pies: Fannie Crawford 1st, Jackie Donner 2nd.
Sugar Free: Jackie Doner demonstrated how decadently tempting sugar free deserts can be with her Apple Pecan Pie 1st, Chocolate Pecan Cake 2nd, and Chocolate Chip Cookies 3rd.
Bread: Karl Haverland 1st, Dorothy Prescott 2nd
Pies: Patsy Stewart 1st, Marion Deans 2nd
Appetizers: Stan Weik 1st, Janice Bates 2nd
Nuts: Dwight Harkey 1st
Cakes: Janice Bates 1st, Tracie Taylor 2nd, Brenda Gibson 3rd, Cheray Haverland, Gale Ivey, Daisy McHorse, and Patsy Stewart
Cookies: Dwight Harkey 1st, Charlotte Spence 2nd,
Candy: Gale Ivy 1st, Cole McDowell 2nd, Janice Bates 3rd and Snoop Sisters.
Bread: Joely Haverland 1st, Hollee Ragsdale 2nd.
Cakes: Joely Haverland 1st, Jacey Gossett 2nd, Hollee Ragsdale 3rd
Candy: Mikah McKinnerney 1st, Eric Argote 2nd, Hollee Ragsdale 3rd
Cookies: Wyatt Deans 1st, Jordan Gossett 2nd, Kolton Haverland 3rd, Raley Kirk, and Hollee Ragsdale
Pies: Hollee Ragsdale 1st, Eric Argote 2nd, Marissa Coffman 3rd, and Kolton Haverland.
2008 brought two firsts for the Pecan Food Show. It was included in San Saba tourism advertizing and local pecan companies, Millican Pecan and Alamo Pecan, set up booths at the Food Show. They were able to help the visitors who came to San Saba to check out the Pecan Food Show and buy pecans.
The Extension Education Clubs want to give a special thank you to the businesses that supported the Pecan Food Show this year: Alamo Pecan & Coffee, Arrowhead Bank, Bagley Pecan, City National Bank, G & R Grocery, Hamricks, Millican Pecan, Pecan Valley Hardware, San Saba Pecan and the City of San Saba.