Boys and girls on Wednesday at the Madison County Fair found out what it was like to put the squeeze on.
Bags of icing, that is, in the cake decorating contest. The colorful event matches eager children and teens with four bags of icing and a cylinder of plastic foam. The outcome relies on the decorator’s skill and creativity when applying said icing to said cylinder.
It’s a timed event — 30 minutes for seniors, 15 minutes more in the younger age groups — so contestants must manage their time wisely and still produce a competititve “cake.”
Under the rules contestants were permitted to bring some additional decorative items. That suggestion was not lost on Emily Davis. She brought additional numerals and letters as she fulfilled the theme of the contest: 125 years of the Madison County Fair. The only thing missing was the match to light the candles.
Davis entered even though she said she had very little, if any previous experience. But her additional decorative items, combined with some skillful squeezing brought her the blue ribbon.
In awarding the first place, Schuler’s representative Sarah Fisher, said Davis exhibited skill in her execution and creative use of her numerals and letters.
“She framed everything, which is what a real decorator would do,” Fisher said. “Everything is framed.”
In the intermediate division, eventual first place decorator and soon-to-be-an-uncle Jack Fellows departed from the declared theme and chose to honor his brother who is an expectant parent. Written in blue on a white-icing base were the words “It’s a boy.”
In the senior division, second through fourth places were: Rachel Garrison, ’14 Fair Queen; Mallory Green, who thought decorating was a piece of cake; and Kayla Logsdon.
Taking second in the intermediate division was Sophie Brand.
When asked why Schuler’s sponsored the event, Fisher said, “It supports Madison County. That’s the big thing.”
Dean Shipley can be reached at (740) 852-1616, ext. 1617, or via Twitter @DeanAShipley.