Apple Pie Eating Contest
The Seward Rotary Club’s annual “Seward Fourth of July Celebration” Apple Pie Eating Contest takes place at the Seward Bandshell.
Apple Pie Recipe for the Famous “Perfect Apple Pie”
This homemade apple pie was featured at the Seward Fourth of July Seward Rotary Club Apple Pie Eating Contest every year and has gained national attention. Dozens of these pies have been given to various dignitaries that have visited Seward.
2019 Apple Pie Eating Contest Winners
Over-all Grand Champion
Thomas Wells, Fort Collins, CO
Open Division – Noah Arneson, Omaha, NE
Real Women Division – Gail Chmiel, Fort Worth, TX / Amanda Coffin, Overland Park, KS
Real Men Division – Joel Blaser, Lincoln NE / Thomas Wells, Ft. Collins, CO
Age 19 and Under Division – Kayla Arneson, Lincoln, NE
Adult – Over 21 Division – Mark Arneson, Lincoln, NE
Grandparent Division – Mike Leydig, Kearney, NE
The pies were made fresh on July 4. Judges were local Rotarians (professional eaters)-Todd LaVelle, Kurth Brashear and Russ Sommerfeld and the emcee was Rotarian Clark Kolterman. The winner won a Grand National Champion trophy. The pies and trophy were donated by the Seward Rotary Club. Rotarians assisting on stage were Jon Kruse, Bonnie Kruse, Matt Dominy, Jessica Kolterman, Jonathan Metske, Mark Suhr (Recording on Facebook) and members of the Rotarian’s families.
Bubble Gum Blowing Contest
The Seward Rotary Club’s annual “Seward Fourth of July Celebration” Bubble Gum Blowing Contest takes place at the Seward Bandshell.
2019 Bubble Gum Blowing Contest Winners
Overall Grand Prize Winner – State Champion
Hank Hughes, Seward, NE
Pre-Teen Division – Madelyn Stedkelberg
Teen age Division – Hank Hughes, Seward, Riley Pope, Council Bluffs, IA
Adult’s Division – Jamie Wells, Fremont
The gum was purchased locally by the Seward Rotary Club and judged by local Rotarian Bubble Gum professionals-Rotarians Todd LaVelle, Kurth Brashear and Russ Sommerfeld. The Seward Rotary Club sponsored the Grand National Champion trophy for the annual event. Seward Rotarian, Clark Kolterman served as the emcee.