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  • Apple desserts a celebration of PSU success

  • A week of apple-themed festivities at Pittsburg State University continued Wednesday with the judging of 20 apple-themed desserts in the 25th annual Apple Pie and Dessert Contest.

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  • A week of apple-themed festivities at Pittsburg State University continued Wednesday with the judging of 20 apple-themed desserts in the 25th annual Apple Pie and Dessert Contest.
    Apple Day officially is celebrated the first Thursday of March and commemorates lobbying efforts at the Kansas State Legislature for funding to build the first building on campus.
    Faculty members from the State Manual Training Normal (later PSU) were on the floor of the legislature during the session, and were fined a barrel of apples for the impropriety.
    However, funds were appropriated and the Pitt State community celebrates the sweet success each year with activities that include the baking contest.
    “It is always the Tuesday or Wednesday of Apple Day week,” said Eva Sager, program coordinator for campus activities. “It’s become traditional for it to be the Wednesday of.”
    Sydney Ward, who was asked to judge as the vice president of the student government association, came hungry.
    She said this is her first time judging and that she was excited because the desserts looked good.
    Ward said judges will consider the taste, texture, appearance and any other factors, but the taste matters most.
    “We’re just judging the taste and expecting good stuff,” she said.
    Homecoming queen Alyssa Marsh judged apple pies and said it was a challenging decision.
    “It’s a little difficult,” she said. “They’re all really, really yummy.”
    Lara Ismert, president of the student government association, also was a first-time judge and said she saved her appetite for the event.
    Ismert helped judge seven apple pies and said she was excited to do so because of a love of her grandma’s apple pies.
    The judging took two teams of four judges each and was split into apple pie and apple dessert categories.
    “It started out as an apple pie contest and quickly evolved into an apple pie and dessert contest,” said Ron Womble, director of media relations.
    Sager said only a few students judge, but others have the chance to try the desserts after the judging.
    “After all the judging is done is the PSU students’ favorite part, because it becomes a free-for-all,” she said.
    Results will be announced during the Apple Day ceremonies Thursday.
     

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