Pie title awarded in north Keizer

The bakers with their entries.

Ten bakers entered the arena, but it came down to one point and a second round of tasting to crown a champ.

Willamette Valley Lutheran Retirement Community residents turned out in droves to watch its first ever baking competition Friday, Feb. 21.

Jan Bliss’ strawberry-cream cheese pie beat out Debbie Gurule’s lemon meringue angel pie with a score of 104-103 points. 

Resident Don Adams samples Missy Davis’ sweet potato pie.

Other entries included: Darlene Warrick’s strawberry-rhubarb, Missy Davis’ sweet potato, Vicki Stiers’ caramel apple, Ann Riley’s pumpkin cups, Lorna Jensen’s chocolate mousse, Mandy Krause’s blueberry, Sandy Green’s cherry chocolate, and Dave Schlapp’s peach. 

Celebrity judges Julie Paulson of Bountiful Pies and Andrew Martin of Willamette Valley Pie.

Andrew Martin of Willamette Valley Pie and Julie Paulson of West Salem’s Bountiful Pies served as judges this year.