Thus far, I have had a very exciting year as the 2010 Michigan Apple Queen. My year of events began close to home in Frankenmuth Michigan at Zehnder’s annual Snowfest. I got to judge the Michigan Apple Pie Contest, and there is no better way to start the year off than trying to find the best apple pie in Michigan! I saw a lot of familiar faces and tasted a lot of delicious and inventive pies. Each contestant put their own twist on my favorite dessert.
After Snowfest was over, I had a fairly quiet winter. Then, a week before finals, when all my classmates were stuck in Mt. Pleasant feeling the usual pressure of the semester’s end, I was headed to Orlando, Florida to be a part of the American Pie Festival. Before judging even began, I did several interviews, met Willard Scott, and even got to be on the Today Show! I was placed in the commercial division, judging pies that can be purchased in stores and bakeries across the country. I tasted a lot of apple pie, and by the end, I was just about pied-out.