Check Out Them Apples!
Contest winners received a trophy and cash prizes from the Wyandotte Business Association.
Four women were chosen as the winners of the Wyandotte Business Association's inaugural apple pie contest, held in conjunction with this month's Third Friday celebration.
Tina Strait and Stacy Young, who work as patient advocate liaisons at Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital, won first place. They took home a trophy and a $100 prize.
Retired Wyandotte Public Schools teacher Martha Laviolette took second place, winning a trophy and $75.
Andria Cattone won third place, taking home a trophy and $50.
Fifteen pies were entered into the contest, which took place Friday at City Hall. A crew of five judges taste tested a slice of each one to determine the winners. That job was given to Wyandotte City Councilman Todd Browning; local artist Nancy Pitel; Jeffery Click, head chef at Taylor Career Center; and Chris Jablonski and Gary Ostrowski, pastry chefs from Henry Ford Community College
WBA Executive Director Lynn Steffensky said the turnout was better than expected for a first-time event.
"I didn't imagine we'd have this many different types of pies," she said. "It was incredible. Every single pie was different."
To keep with the theme, each winning trophy had a large apple on top.
Steffensky said the WBA wanted to try an indoor theme for January's Third Friday.
"January and February are typically pretty slow because of the weather," she said. "A lot of people don't like to walk around when it's cold. ... But this got some people out, into City Hall to watch the contest and to taste a slice of pie and then into some of the stores."