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July 4th Apple Pie Eating Contest in Seward, Nebraska

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.

Perfect Apple Pie by Seward Rotary Club Chef, Della Miers of Seward, Nebraska

5 to 7 tart apples                                  ¾ to 1 cup of sugar
2 T. enriched flour                                1 tsp. cinnamon
¼ tsp. nutmeg                                       Dash of salt
Pastry for (2) 9” pies                            2 T. butter or margarine

Pare apples and slice thin.  Combine sugar, flour, spices and salt. Mix with apples.  Line 9-inch pie plate with pastry, fill with apple mixture, dot with butter, adjust top crust, and sprinkle with sugar. Bake 400 degrees 50 minutes or until done.

(Red Hot Apple Pie-omit cinnamon and nutmeg in Perfect Apple Pie.  Combine 3T. Red cinnamon candies with sugar, flour and salt.)

Della’s Flaky Crust

2 cups flour                                          1 tsp. sugar
2/3 cup Crisco                                     2 T. melted butter
5 T. cold water                                     2 T. vinegar

Mix flour and salt.  Cut in Crisco and butter until mixture is like coarse crumbs.  Add water and vinegar. Mixing with fork, form into balls and chill.  Roll out to form two crusts. This is fool proof.

Serve pie with homemade ice cream while watching the wonderful Seward Fireworks display!

2019 Apple Pie Eating Contest Winners

Over-all Grand Champion

Thomas Wells, Fort Collins, CO

Preliminary Winners

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.

July 4th Bubble Gum Blowing Contest in Seward, Nebraska

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

Preliminary Winners

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.

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