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Bake-off hit of annual block party

Kay Porter serves up hotdogs with homemade sauce during the annual block party at the Coal Grove Memorial United Methodist Church Saturday.

COAL GROVE — The peanut butter pie won the judges’ hearts at the eighth community block party at Coal Grove Memorial United Methodist Church.

Community judges sampled the entries of the baking contest to come up with first-place award that went to Carol Gool for her peanut butter pie; second place to Barbara Melvin for a New York cheese cake and third place to Debbie Fields for a strawberry pie.

After the judging, the desserts were taken out to the lawn of the church where they were sliced up and given away to guests along with hot dogs, bean soup and corn bread as the noon block party got under way.

“I have judged this several times and all the cakes and pies are very good,” Commission President Les Boggs said. “I especially liked the peanut butter pie and was quite fond of the lemonade pie.”

Also at the block party were bluegrass bands, carnival games for the children, a health fair sponsored by Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital and inflatables.

“This is just to reach out to the community and let them know we are here and care about them,” Pastor Brad Jenkins said. “And it is a fun atmosphere for families.”