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New Great Bake Off will take place Dec. 5 at New Century Fieldhouse
POSTED: 11/13/2013
Think you have the best recipe for pies, cookies, or cakes? Test your skills with the first-ever Great Bake-Off competition being presented in early December at the Johnson County Park & Recreation District's New Century Fieldhouse near Gardner.

The Great Bake-Off is a new special event being presented by the JCPRD's 50 Plus Department. Three entry categories are offered: Cakes, consisting of a 9 by 13-inch standard cake, Pies, consisting of a 9-inch pies, and Cookies, consisting of a dozen cookies. First place prizes of $10 gift certificates to local restaurants will be awarded in each category. Staff will also compile a holiday packet containing all the recipes submitted for the contest and each participant will receive a copy.

Entries must include the entrant's name, the entry category, and a complete and legible copy of the recipe used. The baked goods must be turned in no later than 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3. Participants can register in advance online, by phone, fax, or in person at New Century Fieldhouse.

For the competition admission cost of $12, participants can place an entry in one, two, or all three categories, and receive admission to the Great Bake-Off Awards dinner, which will take place beginning at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5, at the New Century Fieldhouse located at 551 New Century Parkway, near Gardner. Dinner will consist of chili, cornbread, and the winning entries as desert. Staff will test bake the winning recipes in each category and in so doing, will prepare greater quantities of desserts for the dinner. Entrants can bring guests for an additional $12 per person.

To find this program in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 plus and then under special events. In the printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keyword “food.”

While the JCPRD’s 50 Plus programs are primarily for people who are age 50 or older, interested parties who have not yet reached that magic age may still be able to attend. Persons 18 and older who are interested in a 50 Plus class are invited to call the District’s Registration Department at (913) 831-3359, and if space is available without forfeiting the place of a person over 50, their registration can be taken.

The JCPRD Activities catalog, with information and a registration form, is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. For more information, call (913) 826-2859. To register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online and for updated program listings, visit the district’s website at

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