Over Two Dozen Young Cooks Participate In The Annual Girl Scouts Mother-Daughter Bake-off
Marlinton, WV – There was a whole lot of bakin’ going on this past Saturday during the annual Girl Scouts Mother-Daughter Bake-Off in Marlinton. Lanna Barlow, Girl Scout Leader, Service Unit Director for Pocahontas County and one of the event Coordinators says they had a big field this year.
“We have 29 entries in the Cakes, Cookies and Pies” she says. “We have 14 Cakes, 6 cookies and 9 pies.”
Co-coordinator Linda Friel says that participation is up from last year. She also says that some of the kids spent a lot of time practicing.
“There’s a lot more than there was last year, which we’re very glad to see” she says. “Some of them have been practicing all week to get what they think is the best.”
Dave Sewell is one of three judges that had the unenviable task of determining the winners. He describes the judging standards.
“We went by the overall appearance of it” he says, “then the taste and originality and then scored it between 1 to 5.”
With 29 entries to sample Sewell has a strategy for not getting overwhelmed.
“The trick of that is just one small bite as you go along and not to over do it.”
While the Judges labored with their tasks, the girls worked on various crafts. They colored, made colorful sand art, fashioned pendants and necklaces and played games. Barlow lists the Winners of this year’s bake-off.
“The Winner for the Best of the Bake Off was Mattie Seal with a Pecan Pie” she says. “First Place for Pies we have Emily Casto with a Peanut Butter Pie, Second Place was Peyton Friel with a Perfect Apple Pie, and Third Place was Raina Smith with a Grasshopper Pie.”
“Then we had cookies. First Place was Savanna McMillan with Pecan Cookies, Second Place was Joanie Woods with Mexican Wedding Cookies; Third Place was Madeline Pritt with a Thin Chocolate Cookie.”
“And in the Cakes, we have Charity Morrison First Place with a Do Nothing Cake; Second Place was Brianna Sharp with a Carrot Cake; and Third Place was Gabrielle Isom with a Cherry Jubilee Cake.”