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2022 Iris Festival Baking Contest Winners

2022 IRIS FESTIVAL BAKING CONTEST JUDGES – Dresden Senior Center Director Gail Rogers offered thanks to this year’s Iris Festival Baking Contest judges, who had the tough task of determining which baked goods should earn the highest marks. Judges this year were (L to R) Josh Moore, April Jones, Judge Tommy Moore, Winnie Moore, Colin Johnson, Ronnie Gearin, Judge Jeff Parham, Ethan Lee and Dresden Mayor Jeff Washburn.

These are only a handful of the baked treats claiming top prizes in the annual Iris Festival Baking Contest, hosted by the Dresden Senior Center last week.

As a part of the annual Tennessee Iris Festival in Dresden, the Dresden Senior Center hosts the Baking Contest where residents compete for prizes and bragging rights for their baked goods. This year, the judges had a variety of treats to choose from, making this event a huge success, as noted by Dresden Senior Center Director Gail Rogers.

This year’s winners are as follows:


Frosted Cake Category:

1st Place Melinda Dilday – Fresh Strawberry Cake

2nd Place Mary Hammock – Fresh Coconut Cake

3rd Place Paige Davis – Vanilla cake with strawberry filling and buttercream icing


Non-Frosted Cake Category:

1st place Jean Ainley – Fresh Apple Cake


Sheet Cake Category:

1st Place Rebecca with Diversicare in Martin – Butterfinger Cake

2nd Place Alisha Gruggett – Elvis Presley Cake


Sweet Bread Category:

1st Place Ali Fox – Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls


Cupcakes Category:

1st Place Haley Hart – Coconut cream cupcakes with cream cheese icing and toasted coconut on top

2nd Place Donna Ferrell – Cookies and cream cupcakes


Meringue Pie Category:

1st Place Dorothy Barr – Chocolate pie

2nd Place Linda Akers – Butterscotch Pie


Non-Meringue Pie Category:

1st Place Sheila Swearingen


Candy Category:

1st Place Ruberta Parham – Peanut butter fudge

2nd Place Ruberta Parham – Chocolate Fudge

3rd Place Trystyn M. Hill – Peanut Butter/ Pretzel Trusulles


Cookie Category:

1st Place Donna Ferrell – Chocolate Chip Cookies

2nd Place Hycinth Smith – No bake oatmeal cookies


Regular Bread Category:

1st Place Jean Ainley – Zucchini Bread


Fruit Pies Category:

1st Place Tamari Riehl – Fruit pizza


Fried Pies Category:

1st Place Lillian Mosley – Fried apple pies


General Dessert Category:

1st Place Janice Stigall – Old-fashion banana pudding,

2nd Place Kathy Martin – Cherry Fluff


Grand Baker Winner was Melinda Dilday with her fresh Strawberry Cake.

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