Apple Pie Eating/Bubble Gum Blowing Contest

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!

2016 Apple Pie Eating Contest Winners

Over-all Grand Champion

Noah Arneson, Omaha, NE

Preliminary Winners

Open Class I – Kyle Richter, Midland, TX
Real Woman’s Division – Shannon Bryan, Tuson, AZ
Real Men’s Division – Noah Arneson, Omaha, NE
Mother’s Division – Renee Verzani, Sioux City, IA and Sarah Stewart Williams, Santa Clara, CA
Out of State Division – Corey Patterson, Phuket, Thailand and Ryan Johnston, Canto, OH

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.

2016 Bubble Gum Blowing Contest Winners

Overall Grand Prize Winner – State Champion

Holly Dorathy, Omaha, NE

Preliminary Winners

Round One Pre-Teen – Hank Hughes, Seward, NE and McKenzie Bickingham, Lexington, NE
Round Two Teen – Mara Dobesh, Wahoo, NE
Round Three Adult – Holly Dorathy, Omaha, NE

Judges for both events were Seward Rotarians John Owens, Seward Rotary President and Dr. Russ Sommerfeld, Seward Rotary President Elect, along with former Seward resident Luke Mohatt of Los Angeles, CA. Official pie cutters and servers included Rotarians Jessica Kolterman, Greg Zabka, Ken Schmieding and Dixie Zabka. Serving as Emcee was Seward Rotarian Clark Kolterman. The Grand Champions received custom State Champion Trophies, sponsored by the Rotary Club and all the contestants received free pie and bubble gum! The event was covered by three television stations and numerous newspapers across Nebraska. Thousands were in attendance for the day’s festivities during the 16 hour festival.

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