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Point Baptist tradition

Mother Nature decided not to cooperate with Gloucester Point Baptist Church’s annual Fall Fair on two occasions. Heavy rains and winds on the original and then the rescheduled date ended with its cancellation.

However, the makers of cakes, pies and desserts among the congregation wanted to hold the cooking contest, one of the very popular parts of the annual fair. They didn’t have to worry about Mother Nature since it would be held in the recreation room. And so it was. 

This year the men baked the cakes and the ladies baked the pies, a practice that is reversed annually. The children made desserts of their choice. Jeannie Fitzgerald served as chairman.

Seven cakes, 10 pies and seven desserts awaited the judges (ladies for the men’s cakes, men for the ladies’, a mix for the children’s). They were judged on appearance and taste by committees … church members were judging church members’ cooking. But as the chairman explained, “We ...

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