The Louisville woman whose prize winning recipe for buttermilk pie featured a store-bought crust has lost her winning blue ribbon.
Kentucky State Fair officials took the blue ribbon away the blue ribbon Linda Horton was awarded at the fair last month. State fair Culinary Director Steve Lee said the entry was disqualified and the ribbon withdrawn because the 67 year old Horton's use of a commercial pie crust went against the rules.
Horton said earlier she used the store-bought crust because her own homemade crust doesn't turn out right and she wasn't aware of the rule.
Kentucky's annual showcase of its people's work, hobbies and talents gets underway Thursday morning when the gates open for the 2014 Kentucky State Fair.
Things begin at 7:00 a.m. EDT with the traditional Kentucky ham breakfast where the grand champion ham will be auctioned off for charity.
Animals from rabbits to lambs to cows and pigs will be on display, concerts will be held throughout the Fair's 11 day run and cakes, pies, baskets and embroidery will be judges and enjoyed by the public. The world's championship horse show is also held during the fair.
The Kentucky State Fair finished its 11-day run with a flourish. The final day of the fair drew 9,000 more fairgoers than the last day in 2012. That helped push attendance for this year’s fair to 615,648, a slight increase from last year.
“The response we heard was tremendous,” said Clifford “Rip” Rippetoe, the president and CEO of the State Fair board. “We introduced some positive changes to the Fair this year and heard encouraging feedback to build on.”
Changes this year in Louisville included free weekend parking at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium and concerts on the field at Old Cardinal Stadium.
Pork and politics will be on the menu at the Kentucky Country Ham Breakfast and Auction at the state fairgrounds in Louisville.
A sellout crowd of 1,600 will be served 450 pounds of country ham along with other fixings at the Thursday morning event. They'll then hear speeches from some of the state's political leaders including senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul and Governor Steve Beshear.
For some, the main event will be an auction of the state fair's grand champion ham. The prize ham will be garnished with roses on a silver platter held by Miss Kentucky while the auctioneer calls for bids. Last year's 17.6 pound ham fetched a winning bid of $300,000. All the money raised from the auction is donated to the charity of the winning bidder's choice.
Temporary workers are needed for this year's Kentucky State Fair, and applications will be accepted starting Monday. The Courier-Journal says positions include maintenance staff, grounds, housekeeping, admission gate keepers, tour guides and tram drivers.