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A special prize: Farm show winners eligible for 2009 state competition

There are a lot of winners at the Sinking Valley Farm Show each year, but this week was very special for one area resident.
When the winner of the 2008 Hershey’s Cocoa Classic Chocolate Cake Baking contest was announced, eighty-eight-year-old Ruth Haynes was overjoyed to see her chocolate cake take first place honors.
The Hershey’s Cocoa Chocolate Cake contest is open to any Pennsylvania resident.
One entry per person is accepted and each layered chocolate cake must be made from scratch, and frosted (no mixes).
A minimum of 1/4 cup of Hershey’s Cocoa must be used in the baking of the cake. If chocolate frosting, or chocolate drizzle is used, Hershey’s Cocoa must also be used.
Any chocolate candy or baking chips must be a Hershey’s product such as Reese’s or Heath.
The baking contests were judged by an individuals from outside of Blair County.
Points were given for flavor, texture, inside characteristics, outside characteristics and frosting, for a total of 100 possible points.
With her win, Ruth received $25, but even more exciting, she is now eligible to enter her cake recipe in the 2009 Pennsylvania Farm Show Competition.
This was truly an exciting moment for Ruth, who said she didn’t even plan on entering anything this year.
“It’s been years since I’ve entered,” she said.
Luckily, her family convinced her to bake her award-winning cake.
At the state level, Ruth will have the chance to compete for first prize honors, along with $500. Second place is awarded $250 and third place receives $100.
For junior bakers, ages eight to 18, Hershey’s has a cookie, brownie or bar baking contest, with similar rules as the cake contest.
This year’s winner was Elle Young of Sinking Valley.
Elle will also have the opportunity to compete in Harrisburg next year for a first place prize of $250, second place of $100 or third place at $50.
The Hershey’s Cocoa Classic Baking contests are sponsored by The Hershey Company, PA Department of Agriculture and the PA State Association of County Fairs.
There were several other baking contests at the farm show this year.
The 20th Annual Blue Ribbon Apple Pie contest winner was Brenda Decker of Bellwood. In the PEQAP Angel Food Cake contest, top honors went to Alicia Knab of Hollidaysburg. The angel food cake contest is sponsored by Pennsylvania Egg Quality Assurance Program and Pennsylvania State Association of County Fairs.
The farm show ends tonight With singer Tina Marie performing at 4 and 5:30 p.m. and the chicken barbecue at 5 p.m.
All contests will close and the awards presentation will be held at 7 p.m. with the auction beginning at 7:30 p.m.

2009 Dairy Queen
The 2009 Dairy Queen, crowned Wednesday night at the Sinking Valley Farm Show, is Jessica Long, daughter of Gary and Jennifer Long. She is a former Blair County Dairy Princess and a senior at Bishop Guilfoyle High School. (The Daily Herald/Virgie Werner)