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ERIE COUNTY MAPLE PRODUCER ‘TAPS’ INTO PRIZE MONEY AT PA FARM SHOW
1/13/2009
HARRISBURG – Janet M. Woods, a native of Edinboro, Erie Co., was named Premier Exhibitor, the highest honor in the maple syrup competition at the 2009 Pennsylvania Farm Show. 
 
A three-year Farm Show exhibitor, Woods also won the Best Maple Syrup and more than $500 in prize money.
 
Co-chair of the show’s maple syrup department, Phyllis Hamilton, commented that each year Woods participates in the Farm Show she brings something new to the competition. 
 
Contestants must enter a minimum of 10 classes, including an entry in the Individual Educational Exhibit, to qualify for the Premier Exhibit.  Points are given for each placing then combined at the conclusion of the show.  Those with the most points can win cash prizes.
 
Hamilton mentioned that the total number of maple syrup entries increased in this year’s contest, due in part to a newly-added class - Best Collective Pure Maple Products by Exhibitor.
 
Judge Terry Coleman, Ludington Mich., looked for high quality syrup by examining color, appearance and flavor along with other specifications.
 
Winners at the 2009 Pennsylvania Farm Show Maple Syrup Contest were:
 
Syrup in tin or plastic half gallon
First:  Janet M. Woods, Edinboro, Erie Co.
Second: Jim & Dora Tice, Mainesburg, Tioga Co.
 
Syrup in tin or plastic one quart
First: Dennis Northrop, Corry, Erie Co.
Second: Hamilton's Maple Products, Ulysses, Potter Co.
 
Light Amber in glass
First: Dennis Northrop, Corry, Erie Co.
Second: Jacob Zimmerman, Cambridge Springs, Crawford Co.
 
Medium Amber in glass
First: Janet M. Woods, Edinboro, Erie Co.
Second:  Michele Mihailov Guys Mills, Crawford Co.
 
Dark Amber in glass
First:  Stephen A McBride, Dingmans Ferry, Pike Co.
Second:  Daniel L. Wilson, Mansfield, Tioga Co.
 
Sugar, cake-individual pieces
First:  Jim & Dora Tice, Mainesburg, Tioga Co.
Second:  Dennis Northrop, Corry, Erie Co.
 
Sugar, cake, crystal coated – individual pieces
First:  Russell Maple Farms, Rome, Bedford Co.
Second:  Charles Nelson, Genesee, Potter Co.
 
Sugar, crumb
First:  Kristin Curtis, Sterling, Wayne Co.
Second:  James Bortles, Linesville, Crawford Co.
 
Sugar, soft – maple cream or butter
First:  Kristin Curtis, Sterling,  Wayne Co.
Second:  James Bortles, Linesville, Crawford Co.
 
Individual Educational Exhibit
First:  Janet M Woods, Edinboro, Erie Co.
Second:  Hamilton's Maple Products, Ulysses, Potter Co.
 
Gift Pack
First:  Janet M. Woods, Edinboro, Erie Co
Second:  Hamilton's Maple Products, Ulysses, Potter Co.
 
County or Association Exhibit
First:  Endless Mountains Maple Producers Association, Warren Center, Bradford Co.
Second:  Janet M Woods, Edinboro, Erie Co.
 
Other Uses – Candy
First:  Dorothy M Martin, Conestoga, Lancaster Co.
Second:  Margaret Simons, Honesdale, Wayne Co.
 
Other Uses – Baked Goods
First:  Janet M Woods, Edinboro, Erie Co.
Second:  Jim & Dora Tice, Mainesburg, Tioga Co.
 
Other Uses – Beverages, Salad Dressings, etc.
First:  Dorothy M Martin, Conestoga, Lancaster Co.
Second: Janet M Woods, Edinboro, Erie Co.
 
Best Syrup of Show
Janet M. Woods, Edinboro, Erie Co.
 
Premier Exhibitor
Janet M. Woods, Edinboro, Erie Co.
 
Best Collective Pure Maple Products Exhibitor
Hamilton’s Maple Products, Ulysses, Potter Co.
 
The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural event in the nation, featuring nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 270 commercial exhibitors.  The eight-day show is Jan. 10-17, at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center in Harrisburg.  Admission is free and parking is $8. 
 
For more information, visit www.farmshow.state.pa.us.

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For photos of this contest, click here.