Kentucky State Fair's "Pie-Gate" Continues

Sep 19, 2014

The Louisville woman whose prize winning recipe for buttermilk pie featured a store-bought crust has lost her winning blue ribbon.

Kentucky State Fair officials took the blue ribbon away the blue ribbon Linda Horton was awarded at the fair last month. State fair Culinary Director Steve Lee said the entry was disqualified and the ribbon withdrawn because the 67 year old Horton's use of a commercial pie crust went against the rules.

Horton said earlier she used the store-bought crust because her own homemade crust doesn't turn out right and she wasn't aware of the rule.

The issue came to Lee's attention after the Louisville Courier-Journal published winning recipes and people asked whether a store-bought crust was permissible for fair entries.