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Pumpkin Pie Challenge: Turlock edition
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The 23rd Annual Pumpkin Pie Contest will be held Monday at Dubyak Family Chiropractic. The contest is open to all ages and skill levels, and there are cash prizes for first and second place winners. - photo by Photo Contributed

Think you’ve got what it takes to bake a winning pumpkin pie? If the answer is yes, then local chiropractor David Dubyak is looking for you.

Dubyak Family Chiropractic is once again hosting a pumpkin pie contest for local bakers of all ages and skill levels. The contest not only gives amateur bakers an opportunity to show off everything they’ve learned watching popular Food Network shows, it’s also a chance to give those in need a taste of the holidays.

Every entry in the pumpkin pie contest — minus one small slice for the judges — will be served as dessert on Thanksgiving Day through the United Samaritan Foundation’s Daily Bread Lunch Program.

“I hope every year to supply as many pies for the hungry as I can,” said Dubyak about his continued support of the contest, which is now in its 23rd year. “I hope we get a lot of contestants.”

The contest is free to enter and open to all ages. To enter, drop off your pie between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Monday at 3008 Geer Rd., Turlock. The closed judging will start at 6:30 p.m. The baker of the best pie, as chosen by the judges, will receive $100. Second place prize is $50. Winners will be called that night.

Last year’s winner was Jeanna Pritt and her granddaughter, Madison Slifert.

To create the winning pie, 13-year-old Slifert used the recipe on the back of a Libby’s pumpkin can. She added some extra spice, according to Pritt, which she thinks may have set the pie apart from the others.

According to Dubyak, the recipe on the back of the pumpkin can has won more than any other type of pie in the past.

“I think it’s because of the traditional flavors. We’ve had quite a diversity (of pies), but it’s hard to overcome your basic pumpkin pie,” he said. “We’ve had some obscure ones that have won, but that’s the exception.”

Those looking to help feed the needy, but don’t know which end of the whisk is up can still participate. The chiropractor will also be accepting store-bought pies to donate to the United Samaritans and other Thanksgiving food items for the lunch program such as cut green beans, dinner rolls, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce.

For more information about the contest, call 668-1944.