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Thursday, August 18, 2022

Barnyard Crew 4-H member Veronica ‘Ronnie’ George:
Wyoming County Fair: 4-H'er achieves peach pie perfection in Pike, qualifies 
for NY State Fair with winning entry

Veronica "Ronnie" George
peach pie was selected for
New York State Fair. This
is her first year in 4-H.
Paired with a winning smile, Veronica “Ronnie” George submitted her winning peach pie on opening day of the Wyoming County Fair. Her pie — which was the practice pie she submitted for the pie section — prior to Wednesday’s auction night — was made from peaches sold at Craig Northey’s stand in Strykersville.

Ronnie, 9, is a member of the Barnyard Crew 4-H Club that meets monthly at Arcade Elementary school. Instructions for the pie submission included making a fruit pie, other than apple, that could be latticed or two crust or with cut-out pastry design. The crust needed to be rolled out and made entirely from scratch.

“My favorite part of making the pie was making the crust,” said Ronnie, who chose to make a peach pie because peaches are in season. Ronnie made her peach pie with the help of her stepmother, Marie George, of North Java, and her babysitter, Sophie Bookmiller.

When she learned her pie was selected for the New York State Fair, Ronnie was elated. “She jumped for joy and screamed, ‘Yes!’” Marie said.

Ronnie received a blue ribbon and a purple ribbon for her pie. Submissions were judged on flavor, crust, and characteristics.

Her pie was sold on the fair’s opening day. She made and second peach pie and sold it during the 4-H Animal Auction on Wednesday, and she’ll make a third peach pie for the state submission, slated for Tuesday.

“As Ronnie’s parents, we couldn’t be more proud of her first year in 4-H,” her parents said. Ronnie also received a blue ribbon for her submissions of a rocket and vegetable submissions.

“Ronnie joined our 4-H club, the Barnyard Crew this year. She has enjoyed participating in many projects. She is always excited to try something new. This year, Ronnie created crafts and baked goods for the Family Consumer Science program, explored rocketry, and grew vegetables,” said Jen Mest, leader of the Barnyard Crew 4-H Club.

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