NEWARK, Ohio, September 1, 2016 – The president of Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) will be putting her taste buds to good use this Friday (September 2) – deciding who makes the best apple pie in Mount Vernon. Bonnie L. Coe, Ph.D., will be one of the judges of the Heritage Centre Association's First Friday Apple Pie Baking Contest.
"As president of the college, I get asked to participate in many community events," said Coe. "Most of them require me to speak or talk about the state of higher education. This one is exciting since it is so fun. As a mother of seven, I've baked my share of apple pies and have my opinions about what makes an apple pie excellent and what does not."
COTC's Knox campus is located on South Main Street in downtown Mount Vernon. First Fridays are celebrated downtown on the first Friday of each month, May through October. Stores and galleries are open until at least 9 p.m. along with live entertainment, kids' activities and food vendors.
The apple pie contest is open to anyone who wants to enter. However, there are some very specific rules for entrants. Only double crust apple pies will be accepted. No crumbles or crisps are allowed. No other fruits may be added and no pre-made crust or fillings are permitted. The pies will be judged on appearance, crust, filling and overall flavor.
"I'm known for my high standards at COTC and for higher education," said Coe. "After this, the contestants will realize I also have high standards when it comes to apple pie. Over the past several years, I have honed my taste-testing skills through incredible food created in our culinary science program, and I will expect the very best when I judge this contest."
The event is being sponsored by COTC, Kenyon College, Mount Vernon Nazarene University and the Mount Vernon Grand Hotel. Winners will be announced at 7:30 p.m. from the stage at the south end of the Mount Vernon Town Square. The first place winner will get a $200 cash prize; the person who wins second place will leave with $100, and the third place winner will get $50.
Central Ohio Technical College opened in 1971 and is celebrating its 45th anniversary in 2016. COTC is a fully accredited, public college dedicated to providing high-quality, accessible programs of technical education in response to current and emerging employment needs, as well as encouraging the professional development of students, staff, faculty and administrators to assist them in achieving their maximum potential. COTC is the only technical college in Ohio operating four full-service campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.