Apple Pie Contest


Everybody loves the all American Apple Pie! Last fall 2017 Etowah added a new feature to their annual Fall Festival, an Apple Pie Baking Contest. Pies came in from McMinn & several surrounding counties. All ages of bakers entries from high school students to grandmothers. The judges were Tennessee State Representative John Fogerty, McMinn County Mayor, John Gentry & Polk County Chamber President Adriane Lambert. The pies were judged on presentation, taste and texture. It was so much fun and received by everyone so successfully that the Festival will have the contest again this year.

Get out your cookbooks, pie tins & aprons! Brush up on your favorite recipe because it is almost time to bake more pies! The 2018 Etowah Chamber Fall Arts & Crafts Festival (Oct 6 & 7) is featuring its second Apple Pie Baking Contest. Bring your homemade apple pie to the Etowah L&N Depot Saturday morning, October 6th between 8:00 & 9:30am. Judging starts at 10:00am. 1st prize $100, 2nd prize $75 & 3rd prize $25. 

The 2017 Apple Pie winners were:

1st Place was Englewood’s own Frances Power featuring her “Paper Bag Apple Pie.” Frances is known in her community for her good southern cookin’. She is retired from her Postmaster’s job in Niota. She is most proud of her family, church & local fundraising. Frances is a member of the Englewood 1st Church of God. She also headed the restoration of the Niota Depot and sits on the Board of the Tennessee Overhill.

2nd Place winner was Denise Graff of Madisonville. Since moving from Florida in 2009 and retiring from Hiwassee College two years ago, Denise has become a leader in the community. Besides being an avid baker, Denise is an officer of Keep Monroe County Beautiful, a Diplomat of the Monroe County Chamber & she volunteers for the Tennessee Overhill & Hiwassee Rail Adventure.

3nd Place winner was Sandra Tullock Etowah.



  • 6 apples
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp 3 Minute Quick Oats
  • 1/2 Tsp nutmeg
  • 1 (9inch) unbaked pie shell
  • 1 tbsp. water

Topping Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup 3 Minute Quick Oats
  • 1 tbsp. flour
  • 1/2 cup butter


Pare, core and slice apples into large mixing bowl. Sprinkle sugar, oats and nutmeg over apples and toss to coat well. Spoon into pie shell. Sprinkle with water. Prepare topping by combining sugar, oats and flour. Cut in butter and mix until crumbly. Sprinkle on top of filling mixture. Slide pie into a heavy brown bag to cover pie loosely. Fold open and over twice and fasten with paper clips or staples. Place on baking sheet. Bake at 425 for one hour. Split bag open and remove pie to cooling rack.

Note: Bag will smell like it is burning at first but it will not.   



  • 5 to 6 tart apples
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3 tbsp. milk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter



Mix sugar and nutmeg. Pour over apples sliced very thin into pie pan lined with pastry. Place brown sugar and flour in a bowl, cut butter into this until crumbly.  Pour this over apples, and on top, pour milk. Bake at 350 for 50 to 60 minutes.

For more information on the Pie Contest or the Etowah Fall Festival call Nancy at the Tennessee Overhill 423-263-7232 or Durant at the Etowah Chamber 423-263-2228. The Fall Festival is sponsored by the Etowah Chamber of Commerce.

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