The Pineywoods Fair is underway at the Nacogdoches Expo and Civic Center. It continues through Sunday with the carnival midway and numerous events and fun activities. 

A lot of Nacogdoches county youth representing various 4-H, FFA, and FCCLA clubs compete in competitions during the fair.  Tuesday, October 11th, I had the chance to be a tasting judge at the baking competition.  I had the honor of helping to score entries in the breads divisions. I learned that the taste of the entry is only a small part of the overall score.  Texture, weight, shape, color, and consistency were also graded. It actually takes around 30 judges to sample and score some 150+ entries ranging from cakes, pies, candy, cookies, breads, and more.

I took some pictures of the competition room and of some of the entries.  They were only identified by numbers so I was not able to include descriptions of the tasty treats.