Dust off Grandma’s old recipes and win cash prizes with her favorite holiday cookie and candy recipes, and at the same time make local history by recording those recipes for future generations – all while supporting Big Walnut Friends Who Share as they celebrate their 25th year.
The Sunbury Bicentennial Christmas Cookie and Candy Contest will take place during the Saturday December 3, Christmas on the Square on the second floor of Sunbury Town Hall.
To enter, complete an entry form available at formanrealtors.com or at Forman Realtors’ office at 28 South Vernon Street in Sunbury. Entries must be submitted to Forman Realtors by Friday, November 25.
Sunbury Town Hall’s second floor will open at 4 p.m. All entries must be in place for photographing and silent auction by 5 p.m. Judging will begin at 6:30. Winners will be announced at 7 p.m. and bidders will have a final 15 minutes before the silent auction concludes at 7:15 p.m.
Adult Division (18 years and over at time of contest): Best Cookies; Best Candy; Best Christmas Freestyle (cupcakes, cakes, etc.)
Junior Division (17 years and under at time of contest): Best Cookies; Best Candy; Best Christmas Freestyle (cupcakes, cakes, etc.)
Cash prizes will be awarded to winners in both Adult and Junior Divisions: First Place $100; Second Place $50.
Contestants are to provide two-dozen pieces per entry on separate serving plates: one dozen is for judging and sampling by attendees; one dozen is for the silent auction.
Recipes must be attached to each dozen; one will go on record and one will go with the winning bidder.
Entries will be photographed and recipes will be recorded in a hardback book for the Big Walnut Area Historical Society and Community Library.
All recipes will be shared and reprinted along with photos, both in print and digital formats, both immediately and in the future. Contestants and the general public will have the opportunity to acquire the book of Sunbury Bicentennial Recipes and Celebrations.
Contestants can enter as many recipes as they like. Contestants may decorate their plates and platters. Decorations are not to exceed two feet in diameter or two feet in height.
All serving ware and decorations entered in the silent auction will become the property of the winning bidder. Accompanying serving ware and decorations for the sampling and judging dozen will be available on-site for pick up until 8:30 p.m. on the night of judging. Forman Realtors is not responsible for serving ware that is lost or stolen. Please be creative in your presentation without putting your Grandma’s best china at risk.
All entries must be titled and credited. Credits for the recipe can go to previous generations, but the baker must also be identified.
All participants in the junior division must have signed parental/guardian consent.
The starting bid at the silent auction on all entries will be $25 to honor Friends Who Share’s 25th Anniversary. All proceeds from the silent auction will go to Big Walnut Friends Who Share.
Contestants, friends, families, and bidders are welcome to join a reception hosted by Forman Realtors on the second floor of Town Hall from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
And don’t forget to check out the Sunbury Bicentennial Beard and Mustache Championship judging between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. that evening, also on the second floor of Sunbury Town Hall.
For additional information about either contest call Forman Realtors at 740-965-1212.
Forman Realtors is celebrating Sunbury’s 200th Birthday and Forman Realtors 50th year serving Sunbury, the Big Walnut community, and the surrounding area.
Reporter Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093.