Yam Pie Contest

A pumpkin pie is sitting on a table next to a fork.

Sponsored by

October 20, 2023@
Yamboree Exhibit Building
Pat Bynum 903.734.3755 or cell 713.516.4736


Youth ……………….. 9 -18 years of age

Adult…………………….19 years and above


  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 20.
  4. There is no entry fee.


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

This event is hosted by the Texas Extension Education Association (TEEA) of Upshur County. For more information, call the Upshur County Extension Office, 903.843.4019.