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Hill Brothers Orchards of Grand Rapids, Mich. Wins 25th Annual Cider Contest

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Hill Brothers Orchards of Grand Rapids, Mich., won first place at the 25th annual Michigan Apple Cider Contest, marking their sixth first place win in the contest. The competition took place at DeVos Convention Center on December 6, with 25 Michigan cider makers participating. Jim Hill is the owner and cider maker at Hill Bros.

Farmer White’s, located in Williamsburg, Mich., owned by Mary and Vincent Cooper, won second place in the contest. The third place winner was Blake’s Orchard and Cider Mill in Armada, Mich., owned by Pete and Paul Blake.

“The annual cider contest is a great way for cider makers to connect and learn from one another,” said Diane Smith, executive director of the Michigan Apple Committee, co-sponsor of the contest. “Cider makers put in a lot of hard work to make their delicious cider, whether it be growing their own apples or changing up their recipe to make the best cider.”

The Michigan Apple Cider Contest began in 1997. Contest creator Bob Tritten wanted to help improve cider making, promote the industry and educate the public. Dr. Derek Plotkowski, District Fruit Educator for MSU Extension directs the contest, having taken over this year from Tritten.

The contest is sponsored by the Michigan Apple Committee, the Michigan State Horticultural Society and the Fruit Growers News.

The Michigan Apple Committee is a grower-funded nonprofit organization devoted to marketing, education and research activities to distinguish the Michigan apple and encourage its consumption in Michigan and around the world. For more information, visit www.MichiganApples.com.