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Ten teams compete in Breckenridge salsa, guacamole contest

Ten teams compete in Breckenridge salsa, guacamole contest
August 20
08:46 2018

The aromas of hot peppers, onions, garlic and other herbs and spices filled the Breck Trade Days barn Saturday morning as ten teams competed for prizes in Breckenridge’s first Fresh Homemade Salsa and Guacamole Contest.

Contestants in the salsa and guacamole contest prepared their entries on site at Breck Trade Days on Saturday. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

They chopped and they blended; they diced and they mixed. Some even cooked a few things and added some secret ingredients. And, along the way, they visited with each other and with the people who came out to get a taste of the entries.

Entering the competition were:

  • Wesley Wright
  • Pam Wright
  • Mark Pugh
  • Jason Bussell and Tiffany Wade
  • Malcolm Bufkin
  • Andy McCuistion
  • Jeb Baxley
  • Wade Brooks
  • Leslie Harrison
  • Melissa Baker

The judges were DeWayne Adams, Genoa Goad, Donna Hill and Connie and Dick Garcia. Additionally, the general public had a chance to vote on the People’s Choice Awards in the contest.

The winners of the salsa and guacamole contest were, from left, Wade Brooks, Jeb Baxley, Wesley Wright and Melissa Baker. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

After much tasting and two coin tosses, the winners were announced:

  • Salsa-Hot — Jeb Baxley
  • Salsa-Mild — Wade Brooks
  • Salsa-Sweet and Fruity — Wesley Wright
  • Guacamole-Traditional — Melissa Baker
  • Guacamole-Unusual — Melissa Baker
  • People’s Choice-Salsa-Hot — Jeb Baxley
  • People’s Choice-Salsa-Mild — Leslie Harrison
  • People’s Choice-Salsa-Sweet and Fruity — Wesley Wright
  • People’s Choice-Guacamole-Traditional — Pam Wright
  • People’s Choice-Guacamole-Unusual — Andy McCuistion

The People’s Choice winners were, from left, Leslie Harrison, Jeb Baxley, Pam Wright, Wesley Wright and Andy McCuistion. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

When the judges’ scores for the Salsa-Hot category were tallied, the salsas made by Baxley and Bufkin tied. A coin toss was used to proclaim Baxley the winner. Also, when the votes for People’s Choice were counted, the Salsa-Mild category had a tie between Harrison and the team of Bussell and Wade. Again, a coin toss was used to declare Harrison the winner.

The People’s Choice winners each received a Breck Trade Days Salsa and Guacamole Contest apron. The judges’ choice in each category received $50.

According to City of Breckenridge Public Services Director Stacy Harrison, the second annual Breck Trade Days Chili Cook-off is being planned for December, and a new contest — a beans and cornbread competition — is in the works for October. More details will be available at a later date.

For more photos from Saturday’s Fresh Homemade Salsa and Guacamole Contest, click here to see the Breckenridge Texan’s gallery.

The judges in the salsa and guacamole contest were, clockwise from left, DeWayne Adams, Dick Garcia, Connie Garcia, Donna Hill and Genoa Goad. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

Cutline, top photo: Ten teams entered Breckenridge’s first Fresh Homemade Salsa and Guacamole Contest at Saturday’s Breck Trade Days. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

Story by Carla McKeown/Breckenridge Texan

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