Sister Act: A pair of sisters win cooking competitions

Sisters Faye Smith and Paula Edwards place 1st and 2nd in Eggs Go International Recipe Contest

Sisters Melanie Braley placed third and Faye Smith placed first in the Eggs Go International Recipe Contest

It’s been a sister act for the specialty cooking competitions at the N.C. State Fair. Not one, but two competitions had sisters place in the top three.


Mary Fuentes, age 16, winning Autumn Apple Cake


Maggie Fuentes and her Fall Apple Salad

On Monday, Oct. 17, sisters Mary Fuentes, 16, and Maggie, 11, placed first and second in the N.C. Apple Growers Association Apple Recipe Contest.  Older sister Mary won $200 for her Autumn Apple Cake. Mary took home $150 for Fall Apple Salad.

The Autumn is Apple Season-themed contest was open to any breakfast, brunch, lunch, snack, dinner or dessert-type recipe. All recipes were judged based on taste, appearance and create use of apples in recipe.

Sisters, Faye Smith, 73, of Fayetteville, and Melanie Braley, 61, of Apex placed 1st and 3rd in the Incredible Eggs Go International Recipe Contest on Tuesday, Oct. 18. Faye’s French Riviera Breakfast Egg Bake earned her $200 and Melanie’s Scotch Eggs recipe earned $100.

For recipes and more information on the fair’s specialty cooking competitions go to


About Funhouse

On the blog I go by Fun House (AKA Heather Overton). At the Fair you'll find me checking out the blue ribbon winners or hanging out in Heritage Circle. It would be hard for me to pick a favorite part of the Fair, but I can tell you one thing I hate - leaving it on the last day. I can't wait for opening day!

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