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13-Year Old ‘Rises to Top’ at Corn Bread Contest at the 2010 PA Farm Show

Harrisburg – “Grandmother’s Cornbread,” baked by 13-year old Madison Foor, took first place honors at the 2nd Annual Corn Bread Contest at the 2010 Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg.

Foor participated in the contest last year, however did not place. When asked how it feels to win the contest she simply replied “good” with a smile.

“It got the most points! Flavor is 50 points so it was very tasty, very moist,” commented Judge Jim Davis.

There are no pre-registration requirements and the competition encourages contestants to use their imagination. Participants are to start with the “Old Fashioned” Cornbread recipe and reinvent it to create a tasty new favorite.

The panel of four judges evaluated the cornbread on consistency, flavor, texture, and aroma.  

Foor, of Everett, Bedford County won $250 for her first-place entry. Kellianne Enterline of Harrisburg, Dauphin County won second place and $100. Third prize went to Brenda Decker of Bellwood, Blair County resident, as well as $50. Adam Knab of Hollidaysburg, Blair County won fourth place, followed by his grandmother Alicia Knab also from Hollidaysburg, Blair County in fifth.

The prizes were sponsored by Goods Food, Inc.

The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural event in the nation, featuring nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 285 commercial exhibitors. The show runs Jan. 9-16 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center in Harrisburg.  Admission is free and parking is $10. Visit for details.


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Winning Recipe: Grandmother’s Cornbread

½ cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1 tsp. baking soda
1 cup cornmeal
1 cup all purpose flour
½ tsp. salt

1. Preheat over to 350oF. Grease an 8 inch square pan.
2. In large microwave safe bowl, melt butter. Add sugar and eggs and beat until blended. Combine buttermilk with baking soda and stir into mixture. Stir in cornmeal, flour, and salt until blended. Pour batter into the prepared pan.
3. Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.