More than 20 cakes and pies were submitted for the annual Marcie Becker Cake and Pie Contest and Auction on Tuesday as part of Ag Week at Francis Scott Key Mall.
“The competitive spirit is fun,” said Katie Stevens, Ag Week at the Mall committee member. “It gets people out of the house in the wintertime and thinking about agriculture.”
Stevens said Ag Week helps educate the next generation about farming and agriculture. Children can learn about FFA and 4-H while viewing tractors and farm equipment — potentially for the first time.
Desserts at the auction included banana cake, red velvet cake and blueberry pie.
The event had two divisions, junior and adult, with a cake and a pie winning first, second and third in each. Then every item was auctioned off and proceeds went to support Ag Week activities and 4-H and FFA programs.
Jayme Eaves and her 6-year-old daughter, Adalyn, brought a German chocolate cake and a chocolate cake with peanut butter icing.
Jayme Eaves said she’s been participating in the auction and contest since she was a little girl and her family lives on a farm.
“Trying to raise awareness for agriculture and everything, we’re all about that,” she said.
Jayme Eaves said the event is special because it’s like a tradition and everyone comes together to support agriculture.
Adalyn is in 4-H and has been brought into the tradition of coming to the cake auction and contest. She helped make the chocolate cake with peanut butter icing.
“She loves cooking,” Jayme Eaves said. “She loves baking and stuff with me.”
It was Sage Gettig’s first time at the cake auction and contest and her first year in a 4-H club from Middletown called the South Mountain Snallygasters.
Sage herself made a chocolate mint delight cake, which featured chocolate cake, mint icing, chocolate chips and peppermint patties.
“When I was little I loved baking and creating my own cakes, so I decided ‘Ooh! I’d love to join this, it sounds fun,’” said 9-year-old Sage.
She was excited to see who bought her cake.
“I hope they like it,” Sage said.
Denny Remsburg, district manager for the Catoctin and Frederick Soil Conservation Districts, was the auctioneer and has been for several years. He first went to auction school in 1978 and said auctions like this one are fun.
Ag Week at the Mall has been going on for 48 years. When it started, every county in Maryland had one and now, Stevens said, Frederick County is the only one left that has a full week Ag Week.
“I think it’s a testament to our ag community wanting to support programs that help educate youth and the public about agriculture and it’s also a testament to the mall understanding the importance of agriculture in our community,” she said.
Daphne Sigler won first place in the adult pie category, while Jayme Eaves won in the adult cake category.
In the junior division, Macy Dunn won in the pie category and Ryleigh Ruch won in the cake category.
In the auction, the largest bid was $200 and more than $1,900 was collected in total.
Before the cake auction began, Farm Family of the Year (the Tucker family of Mid-View Farms), the Ag Advocate of the Year (Connie Palmer), the Agri-Business of the Year (Hemp’s Meats) and the Young Farmer of the Year (Andrew Toms) were recognized.