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Oklahoma State Fair Cooking with Peanuts Contest

For more than four decades, the Oklahoma Peanut Commission has hosted the always popularOklahoma State Fair Cooking with Peanuts Contest.  The Oklahoma State Fair staff solicits entries in the contest through their regular pre-Fair publicity.  Entries are submitted by those with an affinity for cooking with peanuts. The 2022 Peanut Cooking Contest was held on Sep 21 at the State Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City.

The Oklahoma Peanut Commission and the National Peanut Board partner in sponsoring this important annual event.

As a panel of culinary experts judged the contest entries consisting of peanut cakes, pies, candies and other peanut goodies, OPC commissioners and staff shared peanut information and trivia with an appreciative audience.  

Question and answer games were played with the crowd with winners instantly receiving a Perfectly Powerful Peanut cap, a jar of peanut butter or another award to recognize the winner’s participation and knowledge.  

A record number of entries were submitted of judging in this year’s contest signaling the increasing popularity of the event. OPC provided cash awards a bag of peanut themed gifts to the first through fifth place winners. All entrants received participation gifts. 

Visitors to the OPC booth were rewarded with a sample of freshly roasted peanuts.  

The Oklahoma State Fair Cooking with Peanut Contest is always a great opportunity for the commission to promote peanuts and to connect with consumers who appreciate learning more about this unique crop.  State Fair staff frequently reports that the OPC booth is the most popular of any of the venues hosting cooking shows.  

This year’s winning entries were (L to R):

1st Place Winner - Jennifer Howeth – Peanut Butter and Raspberry Crunch

2nd Place - Ashley Yates – Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake with Peanut Brittle

3rd Place - Chip Frady – Chocolate Peanut Butter Donuts

4th Place - Lawana Martin – Peanut Butter Lover’s Cheese Cake

5th Place - Lacy Amen – Pull Peanut Brittle

Shown presenting the winners with their awards are OPC Chairman Les Crall and Executive Director Ron Sholar.

The development of the Oklahoma Peanut Commission website was supported by a grant from the National Peanut Board.

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