Kathleen Christy

Head of the Blount County Public Libraryâ's Reference Section and the Third Annual Edible Book Creation Contest

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What is an edible book contest?

People make a representation of a book out of 95 percent food items. It's amazing how creative and innovative people get. One year we had the Count of Monte Crisco. Another one was One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest made out of chocolate and chow mein.

How are the entries judged?

We have three categories: juvenile, ages 8-12; teen, ages 13-19; and adult, ages 20 and older. They get judged on creativity and originality, skill and construction, visual appeal, and tie to the literary work. We award $100 to first, $50 to second, and $25 to third in all three categories. We used to have a taste category, but it didn't work out too well. The entries sit out all day, and it it's not always the most appealing mix of foods.

Wow, those are pretty generous prizes. Where does the money come from?

The Friends of the Library sponsors the event. Their mission is to raise money for the library and provide supporting activities. Our Friends are very active. They have four book sales a year, including one the weekend of the contest.

How many people do you expect to show up?

We usually have 30-40 entrants, and between the book sale and the contest, about 200-300 people will be there.  

So, where and when is the contest?

First, you have to have a Blount County library card. If you want to enter, the applications are online at www.blountlibrary.org , under programs & events and must be filled out by July 17, and entries must be delivered by July 19. The contest is that weekend at the library.

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