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Amateur bakers welcome at pie competition

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Whether you prefer pumpkin or peach, raspberry or rhubarb, the Sonoma Ecology Center is asking Valley bakers to enter their best homemade pies in a juried pie competition. The competition is a flagship piece of the center’s annual Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Sonoma Garden Park.

Pies must be 8-to-10-inches in size, and can come in any flavor. All pies, including crusts and fillings, must be fully homemade, which means no purchased pie crusts or canned fillings are allowed. Locally sourced ingredients are highly encouraged.

A panel of local celebrity judges will judge the pies on taste, texture and appearance. Prizes will be awarded to the top three entrants.

After the contest, festival-goers can buy slices of the juried pies, with he option of ice cream on the side.

Contest registration is accepted in advance or at the door. The entry fee per pie is $10, but baking contestants enjoy free admission to the festival. For more information or to register, contact Marcia Duval at 996-0712, ext. 111, email piecontest@SonomaEcologyCenter.org or visit sonomaecologycenter.org.

Sonoma Ecology Center’s annual Fall Festival attracts hundreds of local families each year, and a full 100 percent of proceeds raised at the festival go to support the work at the center and its operation of the Sonoma Garden Park. The ADA-accessible public park serves as SEC’s outdoor education campus, model of sustainable agriculture and vibrant community gathering place for residents and visitors alike.

For general admission, advance tickets are $12 for adults, $5 for children age 6 and up, and are available at brownpapertickets.com/event/454187.

Tickets purchased at the door are $15 for adults, $7 for children age 6 and up. Children 5 and under are free. Members of the Sonoma Ecology Center receive $2 off tickets at the door.

The Sonoma Garden Park is located at 19996 Seventh St. E., Sonoma, between Denmark and MacArthur streets.