Apple Pie Contest Winner Used Family Recipe, See the Top Bakers

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City of Watertown The winner of the 2022 Faire on the Square Apple Pie Contest, Carolyn Gritter, and City Manager George Proakis.

The Apple Pie Contest returned to the Faire on the Square for the first time since 2016, and the winner tapped into an old family recipe.

City Manager George Proakis invited first place winner Carolyn Gritter to City Hall to congratulate her.

“She used a recipe that was mother’s — she learned it when she was a child — an old fashioned, all-butter crust apple pie,” Proakis said. “I really wish I had gotten a chance to taste that.”

Proakis also thanked those who made the 2022 Faire on the Square a success, including Veterans Agent Patrick George, Committee Chair and Faire Director Dan McCarthy, and Tammy Fernandez-McKenna, from the Commander’s Mansion. He also thanked Sean Jaynes and the crew from the Department of Public Works for setting up before and clearing out after the Faire.

City of Watertown Jamie Mobed’s pie got second place in the 2022 Apple Pie Contest. She is pictures with judge Max Ritcey from Ritcey East.

Faire on the Square organizers sent out the following announcement about the contest:

Thank you for participating in this year’s Marsha’s Apple Pie Contest! We had a beautiful day at the Faire and plenty of delicious pies to taste – 13 of them to be exact! After judging, the committee sliced up the remainder of the pies and the community was able to sample the home-baked goods.   

First Place Winner – Carolyn Gritter (she won second place back in 2014)

Second Place Winner – Jamie Mobed

Third Place Winner – Anuneha Shah

This could not have been as successful if it wasn’t for our awesome judges from – Danish Pastry HouseDeluxe Town DinerCindy from DPW and Ritcey East. You gave them lots to talk about and taste – they had a lively behind the scenes discussion!     

City of Watertown Anuneha Shah, left, got third place in the 2022 Apple Pie Contest. Judge Max Ritcey from Ritcey East congratulated her at the Faire on the Square.

A huge thanks to our Apple Pie Committee – Marsha, Michelle, Rae, Marina, Lisa & Jesse!

They worked hard setting up City Council Chambers, serving pie and putting together swag for all the bakers.

Thanks to Kissy B Beauty & Bloom for coming in and adorning the tables with fresh flowers – it looked beautiful!

Arsenal Financial – THANK YOU for sponsoring this event, our winners walked away with not only bragging rights but Visa gift cards too!

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