MIAMI COUNTY — The blue-ribbon bakers bid goodbye to their sweet treats during the annual Best of Show baked goods auction on Saturday.
Best of Show exhibitors from the Art Hall paraded their prize-winning goodies, enticing the audience to gobble up their grand-prize treats, with the highest winner receiving the goods.
Local auctioneers Scott Pence and Jerry Stitcher rattled off bids for the Art Hall winners on Saturday afternoon. Twenty-five percent of the sales stay in the hall and the winners pocket the rest of the proceeds.
Emma Brumbaugh, 6, of Tipp City, wouldn’t give away her family’s secret recipe for her prize-winning banana bread as she waited in line. She attended the annual auction with her father, Kyle, who shared that it was a third generation family recipe that earned their daughter a purple ribbon.
“I like looking around at stuff (at the fair). I really liked the bunnies,” Emma said.
Longtime bake sale supporter Karen Honeyman, of Troy, took home Emma’s banana bread to enjoy through the fair week.
Honeyman has been a longtime volunteer at the Art Hall as a judge in a variety of events at the Miami County Fair. She bid on several items including the fair’s prize winning banana bread.
Haley Matheny, 5, of Bradford, had family members in a bidding war for her no bake cookies, which brought more than $200.
“I made them with my mom,” she said.
The soon-to-be kindergartner at Newton Elementary School also said she enjoyed showing pigs and goats at the Miami County Fair.