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Michigan Apple Queen Judge at National Pie Contest

Contact: Gretchen Mensing
(517) 336-4680

Amanda Schweitzer, the 2004 Michigan Apple Queen, has been selected as a judge for the APC Crisco National Pie Championships in Celebration, Florida on Friday and Saturday, April 16 and 17.

The contest, which takes place along with the American Pie Council's Pie Industry Seminar and The Great American Pie Festival, judges pies in two categories: amateur and commercial. Many flavors, including apple, berry, blueberry, peach, cherry, custard, banana cream and key lime will be entered in the contest. Schweitzer will be judging apple, of course!

“I am excited to be a part of such a prestigious national event in which Michigan Apples can really get positive exposure, and I get the opportunity to taste many top notch pies!” said Schweitzer. “I think it's an important step for the Michigan Apple Queen to be involved in a national event to bring more awareness to such an incredible fruit and its wide variety of uses.”

The Michigan Apple Queen makes many appearances throughout the year. She travels around the state and across the country to represent the Michigan apple industry. In May, she will be participating in the Blossomtime Festival parade in St. Joseph and the Tulip Time Festival Parade in Holland.

Pies are scored based on appearance, taste and overall impression. For more information about the APC Crisco National Pie Championships or the Great American Pie Festival, visit www.piecouncil.org.

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