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Great American Pie Show in Branson is Cooking Up Some Fun

Taste of Home Magazine and the Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce & CVB present Branson’s Great American Pie Show (a contest) Friday, April 24 – Saturday, April 25, 2009 at the Branson Convention Center. America’s favorite weatherman, Al Roker from the Today Show, will be a celebrity judge on Saturday, April 25th. Twelve finalists from across the country selected by the culinary experts at Taste of Home will compete for the Grand Prize of $2500 cash, plus a 4-day/3-night fun filled trip for two. Contestants will compete in the following categories: Fruit Pies, Nut Pies, Refrigerator/Freezer Pies and Pudding/Cream/Custard Pies. Celebrity cooking demonstrations and a Marketplace with culinary related exhibitors are planned for both days. Pie Show/Marketplace general admission is $5 per day with tickets available for purchase on-site the day of the event. A complete schedule of events is available at www.GreatAmericanPieShow.com.

Friday, April 24
Great American Pie Show Semi Finals 9 am-2pm
Exhibits Open 8 am – 5 pm
Great American Pie Show Judging 2 pm
Taste of Home Cooking School 3 pm-5pm
Announcement of GAPS Finalists 4 pm

Saturday, April 25
Exhibits Open 8 am – 5 pm
Great American Pie Show Finals 9 am – 11 am
Peoples Choice Pie Judging 1 pm
Great American Pie Show Judging 2 am
Taste of Home Cooking School 2pm-4pm
Awards Presentation 4 pm

The Taste of Home Cooking School—Made Easy is an onstage program of 7-8 recipes that offers quick and easy dishes along with craft and decorating ideas. Enjoy the great live cooking demos with top culinary specialist, Martha Schwend. Hosted by Janet Lennon (Lennon Sisters) and Janet Ellis (KRZK On-Air Radio Personality) with special appearances by area entertainers, this is an afternoon not to be missed! Take home fabulous recipes, creative cooking tips and a free gift bag! All ticket holders will be entered to win fantastic door prizes! Visit the Marketplace with culinary related exhibitors! Cooking School: Friday, April 24th starts at 3 p.m. and Saturday, April 25th starts at 2 p.m. Doors open to the Cooking School 3 hours prior to the start time each day. First 100 ticket holders in attendance on Saturday will participate in Great American Pie Show People’s Choice pie judging at 1 p.m. Marketplace exhibits are open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Admission to Pie Show and Marketplace is included in Cooking School ticket price. Tickets are $15 (plus service charge and tax) at www.ticketmaster.com/outlets or (800) 745-3000.

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