Yam Pie Contest

Looking for great yam pies? Check out the East Texas Yamboree


Enter Your Fresh Yummy Yam Pies

Yamboree Exhibit Building

October21, 2022

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Patricia Bynum – Chairperson

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Youth………. 9-18 years of age
Adult….…… 19 years and older


  1. The contest is for plain yam pies only. The pie is judged on the taste of the potato and should have little or no spice, and no extra ingredients such as nuts, coconut, or raisins. The pie crust should be homemade.
  2. Only one pie per entrant will be accepted.
  3. Pies should be brought to the Yamboree Exhibit Building between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon on Friday, October 21st, 2022
  4. There is no entry fee.


  1. Judging begins at 12:00 noon on Friday.
  2. The pie is judged on (1) general appearance, (2) crust, characteristics, and (3) filling characteristics.
  3. The pies will be judged based on a score sheet by out-of-county judges to select the top ten pies in each division.
  4. The highest scoring pie in each division will be the Grand Champion and receive a plaque, blue ribbon, and $100 dollars. Second-place winners will receive a red ribbon and $50. Third-place winners will receive a white ribbon and $25. All 10 finalists in each division will receive a gift pack.
  5. All entrants will receive a participation ribbon
  6. Winners will be announced at 3 p.m. on Friday in the Exhibit Building. All participants should be present. The adult Grand Champion winner will be photographed presenting their pie to the Yamboree Queen, and the youth Grand Champion winner will be photographed presenting their pie to the president of the Yamboree Association.
  7. All prizes should be picked up Friday, 4:00 p.m. Pies must be picked up by Friday, 4:00 p.m. If unable to pick up by 4:00 pm, arrangements can be made with the contest staff for late pickup.

For more information, call the Upshur County Extension Office, (903) 843-4019.

For information on the original yummy yam recipe see the resource page.