Nunez wins grand prize in annual Baking Contest
by Maddy Houk | Patterson Irrigator
Jun 04, 2014 | 715 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Patterson resident Norma Nunez took home the grand prize winnings of $50 in the Apricot Fiesta’s Banking Contest Saturday, May 24 at McAuley Ford.

She also won a first-place prize of $40, earning $90 total.

Judges ranged in ages and included Liam and Elijah Callahan, a first-grader and a kindergartner at Sacred Heart Catholic School. The brothers were guest taste testers who chose their favorite baked item in the brand new Kid’s Category.

Gwendolyn Valentine, Baking Contest Chairwoman said, “That seemed easy for them because they then decided to try a little something from all of the categories.”

The judges had a tough but delicious time rating and tasting the tempting treats.

Judge Angeles Cortez said, “My friends will be so jealous” when asked if she liked her first experience as a bake contest judge.

“Oh yeah, Oh yeah, now that’s good,” was judge Michael Graham’s response to his first taste of the second-place Apricot-Turkey Sandwich, which was entered into the Miscellaneous Anything Category.

Juanzette Hunter, Miss Patterson pageant coordinator, also challenged the Miss Patterson finalists to enter the contest and get involved. In the end, four of this year’s Miss Patterson finalists came away as prize winners of the annual baking contest.

Other winners who took home prizes in their select categories are:

Miscellaneous Everything

First-place- Norma Nunez, $40 and Grand Prize, $50

Second-place- Heavin Olmos & LeBrea Bell, $10 each

Miscellaneous Dessert

First-place- Cyndy Tyler, $40

Second-place- Maritere Garcia, $20


First-place- America Nunez, $40

Second-place- Lita Verhaegen, $20


First-place- Amanda Day, $40

Second-place- Linda Hatter, $20


First-place- Kristen Valentine, $40

Second-place- Durwood Hicks, $20

Kid’s Category

First-place- Janette Guerrero, $40

Second-place- Olivia Jimenez, $20

Valentine said the baked items are dropped off at McAuley Ford before the judges arrive. Then, all baked items are given a random number to identify them.

The judges do not know the name of the baker or the name of the baked item itself, only the random number and the category it is listed in. That way local people are allowed to be a part of the judging team.

Contact Maddy Houk at 892-6187, ext. 22, or
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