EL RENO – A new featured attraction at the 2023 Canadian County Free Fair was the Ice Cream Freeze-off Contest.
There were five participants with six homemade ice cream entries.
The Ice Cream Freeze-off Champion was Marbi Symes with her butter pecan ice cream.
She received a trophy sponsored by Ken Carpenter Auction and Realty. Carpenter, a Canadian County Fair Board member, presented Symes with the trophy for winning the competition.
All Ice Cream Freeze-off participants were required to bring their ice cream on ice or in an ice cream maker.
Since no raw eggs were allowed, competitors could only use cooked custard, pasteurized eggs, and pasteurized milk.
There were four categories: Vanilla, chocolate, chocolate with other ingredients, and any other flavor.
Contest judges were Canadian County Commissioners Dave Anderson, Tracey Rider and Tom Manske.
A Quilt Block Challenge Contest was featured at the 2023 Canadian County Fair.
The contest was sponsored by Canadian County Oklahoma Home and Community (OHCE) and the winners were determined by viewer’s choice voting. Threads of Tradition donated the designated fabric. Proceeds from the purchase of the fabric by participants benefited the Canadian County OHCE High School Scholarship Fund.
The winners were:
Georgeanne Chapman (first place), Christy Lee (second place), Sharon Walls (third place), Maxine Wiedemann (fourth place), and Norrene Gill (fifth place).
The 23 quilt blocks will be made into a quilt and raffled off at the 2024 Canadian County Fair.
A Best of Baked Foods Contest was sponsored by the Canadian County Farm Bureau.
Winner in the junior division was Lyla Smith with her white yeast bread.
Winner in the senior division was Amy Durst with her braided round bread.
A Junior Champion Pie Maker Award was sponsored by Clara and Harry Havener.
Winner was Halle Hunt with her peach pie.
A Senior Champion Pie Maker Award was sponsored by the Lagaly family, in memory of their mother Lois Lagaly.
Winner was Jennifer Bornemann with her coconut cream pie.
The Busy Baker Award was won by Amy Durst, with two blue ribbons.
A Best of Bread Baking Contest was sponsored by the Oklahoma Wheat Commission.
Winners will compete at the State Contest in September at the Oklahoma State Fair.
The senior division champion was Lindsey Westfall with her white yeast bread.
The senior division reserve champion was Shirley Rychner with her everything bagel bread.
The junior division champion and reserve champion was Trevor Westfall with his white bread and cinnamon rolls.
Winner of the Canadian County Fair quilt raffle was Al Harrell.
The Canadian County Association for Oklahoma Home and Community Education (OHCE) raffled off the quilt, which was made using the blocks from the 2022 Quilt Block Challenge Contest.
They were put together and sewn by Serenity Jennings of El Reno and quilted by Macrae Putnam of El Reno.
Raffle organizers thanked everyone who purchased tickets – about $1,000 was raised and all proceeds benefit Canadian County OHCE High School Scholarship Fund.
Canadian County OHCE awarded four $500 scholarships this year to graduating Canadian County seniors.
The scholarships are used during their first year of college on tuition, room and board, books, etc.