Apple Pie Contest Winner Family Recipe Used, See Top Bakers

City of Watertown 2022 Faire on the Square Apple Pie contest winner Carolyn Gritter and City Manager George Proakis.

The apple pie contest returned to the fair in the square for the first time since 2016, and the winner tapped into an old family recipe.

City Manager George Proakis invited first prize winner Carolyn Gritter to City Hall to congratulate her.

“She used a recipe that belonged to her mother — she learned it when she was a child — an old-fashioned butter-crusted apple pie,” Proakis said. “I really wish I had the chance to taste that.”

Proakis also thanked those who made the 2022 fair at the plaza a success, including veterans agent Patrick George, committee chairman and fair director Dan McCarthy, and Tammy Fernandez-McKenna of Commander’s Mansion. He also thanked Sean Jaynes and the Public Works Department team for setting up before and cleaning up after the Fair.

Watertown City Pie Jamie Mobed took second place in the 2022 Apple Pie Contest. She is pictured with judge Max Ritcey of Ritcey East.

The organizers of Faire on the Square sent out the following announcement regarding the contest:

Thank you for entering this year’s Marsha’s Apple Pie contest! We had a great day at the Fair and plenty of delicious pies to taste – 13 to be exact! After judging, the committee cut out the rest of the pies and the community got to taste the homemade pastries.

First place winner – Carolyn Gritter (she won second place in 2014)

Second place winner –Jamie Mobed

Third place winner – Anuneha Shah

It couldn’t have been so successful without our amazing judges from – Danish pastry, Luxury town dinner, Cindy from DPW and East Ritcey. You gave them plenty to talk about and taste – they had a lively discussion behind the scenes!

Watertown town Anuneha Shah, left, took third place in the 2022 Apple Pie contest. Judge Max Ritcey of Ritcey East congratulated her at the Fair in the square.

A big thank you to our Apple Pie Committee – Marsha, Michelle, Rae, Marina, Lisa and Jesse!

They worked hard to set up the council hall, serve pies and prepare gifts for all the bakers.

Thanks to Kissy B Beauty & Bloom to come and decorate the tables with fresh flowers – it was wonderful!

Arsenal Financial – THANK YOU for sponsoring this event, our winners walked away with not only bragging rights, but also Visa gift cards!