Saturday, October 16, 2010

Independent: Cake decorating contest

Area cake decorators are invited to take part in the first ever Great Cake Event which will be from 1-4 p.m. at the Marshall Area YMCA, 200 S. A St., Marshall.

The Great Cake Event is a celebration of five years of United Way of Southwest Minnesota sponsorship of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program for young children in this area. In 2005, United Way of Southwest Minnesota began local sponsorship of Imagination Library to build school readiness and literacy skills in all preschoolers who live in its service area. More than 5,000 children have taken part in the program during this time. Today 2,386 children are enrolled and receive a free, quality book in the mail each month at no cost to their families.

The Great Cake Event will highlight beautiful and creative cakes and will feature a cake decorating competition. Cake decorators are encouraged to emphasize literacy or reading as a theme for their cake. There is no fee for entering a cake in the contest; however, cakes will be sold via a silent auction to help raise money for continued sponsorship of the Imagination Library program. 

There are four categories for judging: 1) Individual; 2) Youth under age 12; 3) Youth ages 12 – 18; 4) Group/Business. More information about the event, the competition and the registration form is available on the United Way of Southwest Minnesota webpage:

In addition to the showcase of cakes and a silent auction of cakes, there will be children’s activities related to Imagination Library and educational sessions about the basics of cake decorating.
For more information, call United Way of Southwest Minnesota, 507-929-2273.