MySaline.com presents the Christmas Cookie Contest at 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 21st. With celebrity judges Roger Scott of 103.7 The Buzz, “Angry” Patrick Beam of The Edge 100.3 and comedian Laura Beam, Shelli Poole of MySaline will host the contest at the Farmers Market, 125 W. Ashley St. in downtown Benton.
Everyone loves cookies… and prizes! This contest is free to enter and there will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Admission and cookies are also free to the public.
Thanks to the sponsors of this contest, Custom Deckworks, Brooke + Owens Fashion, Smith Caldwell Drug Store, and Three Best Bakery.
Twenty amateur contestants have registered to each make at least 3 dozen cookies of any variety, to be judged on Taste, Appearance and Christmas spirit. Contestants may bring up to three entries, but must bring at least 3 dozen of each entry. A contestant or representative must be present at the contest.
See more important info for contestants below. If you have more questions, email email@example.com.
The deadline of December 18th for contestant registration has now passed.
The following is the information that was emailed to all contestants:
- The Farmers Market is in downtown Benton at the corner of Main and Ashley Streets. Here’s a map link: https://firstname.lastname@example.org,-92.587452,46m/data=!3m1!1e3
- Saturday, Dec. 21st
- I’ll be there (Shelli) by 2pm to set up tables, tablecloths and set up a station for milk/water/lemonade.
- Contestants can come as early as 2pm (all help is appreciated!) but all contestants should be there by 230pm.
- Judging begins at 3pm.
- 1st, 2nd and 3rd place will be announced at 4pm.
- We need to start cleaning up around 430pm and out of the pavilion by 5pm. (Again, any help is appreciated!)
- The word from the City is that there are 14 tables.
- There are 20 cookie entries as I write this. Cookie entries will all be placed together on 2 or 3 tables.
- There will be one judge table.
- The other tables are for seating and eating.
- You won’t be decorating a table like in some competitions, but you can decorate your plate/platter/basket/box of cookies with ribbon, garland, paper underneath, figurines or other props next to the cookies, etc.
- The cookie entries will each get a number.
- Don’t put your name on your entry, since we’re making an effort for the judges to be unbiased.
- Do name your cookie entry. Be as creative as you like. It may work in your favor.
- Judges will each have plates of cookies brought to them, with the numbers on the entries.
- They’ll just have the numbers on the cookies – not the names of people.
- The places will be decided according to the judges’ collective opinion.
- Cookies will be judged on taste, appearance and Christmas spirit.
- In the end, judges will discuss and decide on the top 3.
- Remember, this is just a local cookie contest, so let’s all be good sports whether or not you place. The main thing is to have fun – and to eat cookies!
I’ll answer any questions here. If you need to ask anything about the contest, email email@example.com.
- When it says we bring 3 dozen of each cookie type we enter, does that mean all 3 dozen are the same shape and design? Or does it mean they are all the same kind of cookie with the same kind of icing, but can be a variety of designs?
- They can be different designs but they need to be the same type of cookie. For example, if you enter a sugar cookie, it can be all different shapes but the same recipe, and that’s considered one entry.
- Can it be any variety of cookie?
- Yes! Be as creative as you like. Just remember it will be judged on taste, appearance and Christmas spirit.
- Will the tables be provided or do we need to bring one?
- We will have tables there.
- Can we set up any display we’d like?
- You can bring decor if you like for your dish(es). We will have red plastic tablecloths on some tables and green on others. The bakers won’t be seated with their cookies necessarily, since we don’t have enough tables for that. We will put as many entries as possible on just a few tables, so other tables can be used for everyone to gather and eat.