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Apple Pie & Apple Butter Contest

Thursday, September 12, 2024 7:00AM - 6:00PM

Contest Categories

Apple Pie - Junior Division (Ages 7-13)

  • Open Category
    Best Apple Pie - $50 prize
    2nd Place - $35 prize
    Captain's Choice - $25 prize

Apple Pie - Adult/Senior Division (Ages 14 & Up)

  • Traditional: two-crust pie with apple filling only
    1st Place - $100
    2nd Place - $50
    Sponsor's Choice - $35
  • Non-traditional: mostly apples but other ingredients such as nuts, caramel, other fruits, and crumb topping may be used
    1st Place - $100
    2nd Place - $50
    Sponsor's Choice - $35

Apple Pie - Overall Award

Showmanship Award - Most beautifully decorated pie. - $50 Prize

Apple Butter - Open Division

  • Open Category
    1st Place - $75
    2nd Place - $50
    Sponsor's Choice - $35

Non-winning apple pies and apple butter entries will be available for purchase at the Murphysboro Event Center between 2:30pm and 4:30pm or until sold out.

  • Apple Pies - $15.00
  • Apple Butter - $8.00

Champion Apple Pies and Apple Butter entries will be auctioned off at the Appletime Stage beginning at 5:30 pm.
Special thanks to Canning Auction Services, David Canning, Blake Canning, and Mark Kennedy for all their help with this event.

2023 Results

Apple Pie - Junior Division

  • 1st Place: Lily Morthland
  • 2nd Place: Crawford Voss
  • 3rd Place: Peyton Tripple

Apple Pie - Traditional

  • 1st: Debbie Green
  • 2nd: Kim Baskin
  • 3rd: Jeanne Holt
  • Sponsor's Choice: Bekkah Schemonia

Apple Pie - Non-Traditional

  • 1st: Karen Hale
  • 2nd: Tiffany Ferguson
  • 3rd: Jeanne Holt
  • Sponsor's Choice: Kim Baskin

Showmanship Award for Most Beautifully Decorated Pie

  • Debby Green

Apple Butter

  • 1st: Callie Sellers
  • 2nd: Zach Sellers
  • 3rd: Kim Baskin

WHERE: Drop-Off, Judging, & Sales - Murphysboro Event Center, top floor
Elevator is available at the back of the building
Champion Auction - Appletime Stage

- 7AM to 10:45AM
Judging - 11AM
Non-Winning Pie & Butter Sale - 2:30PM to 4:30PM (or until sold out)
Champion Auction - 5:30PM

EVENT CHAIR: Tonya Walker

Download rules and registration form
(Pre-registration is not necessary, contestants can register at drop-off)


  • Businesses or organizations may enter.

  • No frozen pies.

  • Pies and apple butter must be brought to the top floor of the Murphysboro Event Center between 7am and 10:45am on Thursday, September 12, 2024.

  • Containers become the property of the Apple Festival.
  • All apple butter jars must be sealed.

  • Apple Butter and Apple Pie categories will have different judges.
  • Apple Pies will be judged on appearance, crust, filling, and flavor.

  • Apple Butter will be judged on appearance, taste, and texture.

  • Judges have the final decision.

The Murphysboro Apple Festival has implemented enhanced cleaning and sanitizing procedures and has added additional handwashing stations and sanitizing stations throughout the Festival grounds. Please follow all recommended guidelines while attending the Festival in order to keep it fun and safe for everyone!

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