A Traditional Irish Soda Bread Baking contest is being held as part of this weekend's Northeast South Dakota Celtic Faire and Games.
Prizes will be awarded in each of three bread categories - traditional white, traditional brown and glorified Irish soda bread. There is a $5 registration fee, which entitles the contestant to enter one, two or all three bread categories.
There are no age restrictions and the contest is open to everyone.
The Northeast South Dakota Celtic Faire and Games runs Saturday and Sunday at the Brown County Fairgrounds.
Each contestant may submit only one entry in each category. Payment of the registration fee also gives access to the festival for the entrant.
Soda bread entries must be dropped off at the designated table at the festival gate between 7:30 and 9:30 a.m. Saturday. No preregistration is necessary.
Upon arrival, contestants will complete an entry form and place each loaf in a plain paper bag provided by the festival. The bags will each be marked by festival staff members with the entry number. A committee member will deliver numbered loaves to the judging room.
Contestants do not need to drop off their entry in person. However, they should personally sign their entry forms. There are no ingredient restrictions. However, please provide a list of ingredients to assist the judging.
Judging will occur at approximately 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
All winners will be announced in a ceremony at about 7:30 p.m. Saturday and at http://www.nesdcelticfaire.com. Contestants do not need to be present to win. Winners will also be notified by phone if they are not present.
First-place winners in each category will receive $20 cash and a ribbon. Second- and third-place finishers will receive numbered ribbons. All others will receive a participation ribbon.
For more information, visit http://www.nesdcelticfaire.com.