Williston, ND (KEYZ) Any way you slice it . . . the fun began early this morning at the 2022 Upper Missouri Valley Fair in Williston with area bakers submitting their carefully crafted confections in the annual Pie Baking Contest.

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Judges were on-hand to receive contestants pies from 7:30 until 10:30 a.m.  Judges will begin evaluating the pies at 11:00 a.m. with the winners to be announced later this afternoon.

Retired engineer with Cherry Creek Media and longtime judge for the contest Earl Gross tells News Radio the pies will be scored using a 10 point scale, ranging from "poor" to "excellent," with judges evaluating each confection's crust and filling as well as its overall appearance.

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Cold hard cash is on-the-line in this annual competition with the winner for best pastry crust-type pie in the adult division taking home $500 and the winner in the youth division taking home $250.  Cash awards will also be given for second and third place finishers in both divisions.

Good luck to all the 2022 bakers!