(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.) – It’s time to pull out the recipe boxes and pie pans in preparation for the 2016 First Lady’s Pie Contest at the Missouri State Fair. The contest will again be hosted by Missouri’s First Lady Georganne Nixon in the fairgrounds’ Home Economics Building. Entry forms for the annual contest are available online for entries into the 2016 Missouri State Fair.

“The First Lady’s Pie Contest is a time-honored Missouri State Fair tradition,” said Director of Agriculture Richard Fordyce. “The variety of delicious custard, cream and fruit pies entered into this contest year after year is always impressive. Missouri bakers know how to take agriculture’s outstanding products and turn it into a sweet treat.”

Entry forms for the annual contest will be available online at mostatefair.com.

The First Lady’s Pie Contest is open to all amateur bakers and will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 18, in the Home Economics Building on the Missouri State Fairgrounds. The contest is divided into two categories – soft pies (custard/cream) and fruit pies. Winners in each of those categories, as well as a Best of Show winner, will be awarded cash prizes. Winners will also be recognized during a ceremony in the Home Economics Building following the contest.

The deadline to enter a pie in the competition is July 25, meaning bakers have about two months to gather their favorite recipes, test new flavor combinations on family and friends and decide on their entry. Each baker may enter only one pie in the contest.

The First Lady’s Pie Contest is sponsored by AgriMissouri, the Missouri Grown program within the Missouri Department of Agriculture, and Starline Brass of Sedalia.

For more information on the First Lady’s Pie Contest and the 2016 Missouri State Fair, Aug. 11-21, visit mostatefair.com.