Marianne Foglia of Ceres won the 12th annual Apple Pie Contest held at the Stanislaus County Fair and sponsored by Dave Dubyak.
Dubyak, a Turlock chiropractor, has been sponsoring an apple pie contest at the Stanislaus County Fair for 12 years now. Although he is fond of pie, the main reason for his continued support of this event is philanthropic.
Each contest entrant must submit two pies, one for judging and one to be donated to the United Samaritans Foundation for their daily lunch program. The apple pie contest, on the other hand, is traditionally held the opening day of the Stanislaus County Fair in the exhibitors building where the judges are front and center with the contestants and multiple fair goers watching their every bite and reaction.
In the end, it was Foglia and her apple pie the judges liked best. When the results were announced she jumped up and down and shouted, "I feel like I'm on ‘The Price is Right!'"
Foglia said her secret to her award-winning pie includes a pinch of almond extract for extra flavor.