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Parks and recreation department to host cake decorating contest
by Adam Elrod
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March 20, 2013 02:35 PM | 1724 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Kake Kompani owner Shekena Talley, left, and Tena Eddy of Paulding Parks and Recreation Department show some of the cake designs Kake Kompani has produced.
Kake Kompani owner Shekena Talley, left, and Tena Eddy of Paulding Parks and Recreation Department show some of the cake designs Kake Kompani has produced.
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Paulding cake decorators will have a chance to showcase their artistic talents at the inaugural Amateur Cake Decorating Challenge hosted by the Paulding County Parks and Recreation Department.

The contest is set for Saturday at Burnt Hickory Park in Dallas. Competitors will start setting up their creations at 8:30 a.m. and must be completed by 10 a.m. Judging will last from 10 to 11a.m. There is a $20 entry fee for all wishing to compete, and is free for the public to attend.

This year’s theme is “Cake is Art and Art is Everywhere,” which was written by Shekena Talley, owner of Kake Kompani and coordinator of the event.

“I didn’t want to limit the creativity,” she said.

Talley said she wanted it to be open to whatever kind of art inspires the decorators. All those who enter are asked to bring a picture of the artwork which inspired the cake, said Tena Eddy, Paulding County Parks and Recreation program coordinator.

There are four different categories, including youth cupcake and youth cake, which are limited to competitors ages 10 through 15; and adult cupcake and adult cake, for decorators 16 and older, according to a news release for the event.

“We are hoping to have a dozen competitors in the first year,” she said.

Eddy said she believes they will meet their goal. Each category is limited to 15 competitors.

There were 13 entries total as of Monday, Eddy said.

All cakes must be 100 percent edible other than decorations which can be removed during the tasting portion, such as ribbons, pillars and wire for gum paste flowers. The creations must be at least 75 percent cake, Eddy said.

Cake decorations can be no larger than two feet tall, or require any electricity, such as lights or motors. Other specific rules will be given upon registration.

There will be prizes for first, second and third place based on the theme. Also there will be overall awards “Best of Show,” “Most Original” and “People’s Choice Awards.”

For more information about the event call Burnt Hickory Park at (770) 443-7540 or email Eddy at teddy@paulding.gov.
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