Having a ‘jammin” time

Lorna Swisher, executive director of Mainstreet Piqua (right), spreads one of the strawberry jams entered into the strawberry jam contest on a piece of bread for one of the judges. The contest was held during the Farmer’s Market on Thursday in downtown Piqua. Pictured center-left is one of the judges, Mark Burns.

PIQUA — The strawberry jam contest held at the Farmer’s Market in downtown Piqua on Thursday satisfied spectators’ sweet tooth during a much-needed sunny afternoon.

As the second year for the contest, there were only two entries as opposed to the seven that were entered last year, but nonetheless, it was worth it.

Lorna Swisher, executive director of Mainstreet Piqua, said the contest, among others that are held throughout the year, was to shine light on the talents of other local vendors.

“Everybody is good at something,” Swisher said. “We have some amazing jams and jellies in the markets. Vendors get to show off something they do well, and it’s the right time of the year.”

The jams were judged by their taste and their appearance. Judges at the contest were local residents Dorie Perry, Rita Enderle, and Mark Burns. The prizes were market dollars to spend back into the Farmer’s Market, which means everyone in the market place wins at the end of the day.

“Whoever wins invests right back into the market,” Swisher said.

Placing in the contest were local residents Cheryl Burns with first place, and second place was Amber Lange. Burns received $15 in market dollars and Lange won $10 in market dollars.

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