Decorated-cakes winners demonstrate contest’s diversity

The decorated cakes contest has become famous among fairgoers for the diverse entries it attracts each year. You can read more about the work that goes into the cakes here. This year’s winners have proven to be no exception to that rule.

Elizabeth Prioli of Chapel Hill took the top prize in the professional category for her Native American-themed cake complete with a drum, feathers and a moccasin, while the best-in-show winner in the non-professional category was a more traditional four-tiered white cake by Carol L. Deely of Cary. Mary Moseley of Whitakers rounded out the best-in-show winners, taking the top prize in the junior category with her rooster cake.

The winners in each of the competition’s 18 classes received $25, $15 and $10 premiums for first place, second place and third place respectively, for a total of nearly $1,000 in total prize money.

With the rise in popularity of television shows like “Cake Boss” and “Ace 0f Cakes” and designs ranging in themes from traditional wedding to fall cornucopia, it’s not surprising that the decorated cakes competition is a favorite with the public. At just about any time of day you’re sure to find a line of people waiting to stop by and see the artful creations that are a part of this year’s competition.

Visitors can check out all of this year’s decorated cakes in the Education Building, which is open every day from 9 a.m. to 9:45 p.m.

About Tilt-A-Whirl

Jeff Miles interned for the N.C. State Fair in 2011. This is his bio from that year: People usually call me Jeff Miles but when asked what my favorite part of Fair was, rides was the first thing that came to mind--so call me Tilt-A-Whirl from here on out. I've always been a big fan of the State Fair and I'm really excited to be working here this summer. I'll be bringing you weekly updates on the goings on at the fairgrounds and hopefully much more. I can't wait to see you all in October (and hopefully before)!

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