May 01, 2015

Get Your Recipes Ready for the First Lady's Pie Contest

Entry forms available online May 7

(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.) – It’s time to pull out the recipe boxes and pie pans in preparation for the 2015 First Lady’s Pie Contest at the Missouri State Fair. The contest will again be hosted by Missouri's First Lady Georganne Nixon in the fairgrounds’ Home Economics Building. Entry forms for the annual contest will be available online May 7 for entries into the 2015 Missouri State Fair. 

“The First Lady’s Pie Contest is a time-honored Missouri State Fair tradition,” said Director of Agriculture Richard Fordyce.  “The variety of delicious custard, cream and fruit pies entered into this contest year after year is always impressive. Missouri bakers know how to take agriculture’s outstanding products and turn them into a sweet treat.”

Entry forms for the annual contest will be available online at This year the Fair will be accepting entries and payment online. Participants are encouraged to take advantage of this new service. 

The First Lady's Pie Contest is open to all amateur bakers and will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 20, in the Home Economics Building on the Missouri State Fairgrounds. The contest is divided into two categories - soft pies (custard/cream) and fruit pies. Winners in each of those categories, as well as a Best of Show winner, will be awarded cash prizes.  Winners will also be recognized during a ceremony in the Home Economics Building following the contest.

The deadline to enter a pie in the competition is Aug. 1, meaning that bakers have three months to gather their favorite recipes, test new flavor combinations on family and friends and decide on their entry.  Each baker may enter only one pie in the contest.

The First Lady's Pie Contest is sponsored by AgriMissouri, a program of the Missouri Department of Agriculture, and Starline, Inc. of Sedalia.

For more information on the First Lady’s Pie Contest and the 2015 Missouri State Fair, visit