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Apple Pie & Apple Butter Contest

Thursday, September 16, 2021 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 - $50
    2nd Place - $35
    Sponsor's Choice - $25

Apple Pie - Overall Award

NEW FOR 2021
Showmanship Award - Most beautifully decorated pie. - $50 Prize

Apple Butter - Open Division

  • Open Category
    1st Place - $50
    2nd Place - $35
    Sponsor's Choice - $25

Non-winning apple pies and apple butter entries will be available for purchase at the Murphysboro Event Center between 2:30pm and 5pm or until sold out.
Apple Pies will be $10.00
Apple Butter will be $5.00

Winning Apple Pies and Apple Butter entries will be auctioned off during the Apple Pie Eating Contest at the Appletime Stage, beginning at 5:30pm.

Special thanks to Canning Auction Services, David Canning, Blake Canning, and Mark Kennedy for all their help with this event.

2021 Results

Apple Pie - Junior Division

  • 1st: Hank Ebersohl
  • 2nd: Trinity & Tristen Troutman
  • 3rd: Ellie Herring

Apple Pie - Traditional

  • 1st: Karen Hale
  • 2nd: Teresa Herring
  • 3rd: Heather Johnson
  • Sponsors Choice: Elisabeth Withrow

Apple Pie - Non-Traditional

  • 1st: Jeanne Holt
  • 2nd: Karen Hale
  • 3rd: Nancy Martin
  • Captain's Choice: Julie Marek

Showmanship Award for Most Beautifully Decorated Pie

  • Stephanie Lamport

Apple Butter

  • 1st: Elizabeth Francis
  • 2nd: Jessica Van Pelt
  • 3rd: Nance Grandkids
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WHERE: Drop-Off, Judging, & Sales - Murphysboro Event Center - 1329 Walnut St, 3rd Floor (Elevator is available at the back of the building)
Champion Auction - Appletime Stage

WHEN: Drop-Off - 7:00 AM to 10:45 AM
Judging - 11:00 AM
Non-Winning Pie & Butter Sale - 2:30 PM to 5:00 PM (or until sold out)
Champion Auction - 5:30 PM

EVENT CHAIR: Tonya Walker

Click HERE to download rules and registration form
Pre-registration is not necessary, contestants can register at drop-off


  • Businesses or organizations may enter.

  • Pies and apple butter must be brought to the Murphysboro Event Center between 7:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. on Thursday, September 16, 2021.

  • No frozen pies.

  • All apple butter jars must be sealed.

  • Containers become the property of the Apple Festival.

  • 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.


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