Welcome to the 2013 Bucktown Apple Pie Contest!
Let the contest begin!
Best Mugs Ever
Throw in some Chicago pride with our flag, but replace the stars with pies, and you've got the best mug ever.
Clash of the Pietins
Contestant Julie Zarlenga entered her "cutie pie" into the contest, and she even put a smiling apple on top.
Autumn Apple Pie
Some of the crust work on the pies was impressive.
This pie is all pie, no BS. No bacon, no mustaches, just apple pie stuff, as you can see, by its name.
I don't see these ceramic birdies very often anymore, so they're always fun to see when they're popping out the middle of a pie, Alien-style.
That's One Tall Pie
This contestant had the tallest pie of the bunch.
A few pies came in cast-iron skillets. They made for a cool presentation.
Dia de los Muertos
This pie was inspired by Mexican spices, and since we're almost to the Day of the Dead, it's a seasonal masterpiece.
Pie of the Tiger
There were actually two separate pie entries named "Pie of the Tiger." I sang the song when I saw this pie, scaring off all the people around me.
Some of the pies had lattice tops, which always look cool.
Flavor Flav Pie
Both Public Enemy and Coach Ditka would be proud of this pie. It was really called "Flavor Flav Pie."
This was one of my favorite pie names of the day.
This pie, however, was my favorite pie name in the history of all pie names.
Spread 'em Out!
Each gym was lined with pies. Lots and lots of pies.
The finalists were displayed prominently by the main stage.
This was one of the finalist pies. Check out the detail work.
The lattice weave on this pie crust is nothing short of amazing.
There were professionals at the event too, but they didn't compete with the home chefs. Hoosier Mama (a favorite of Serious Eats) brought a beautiful specimen of their own.
Sweet Cakes brought this pretty leaf-decorated pie.
Ray's Bucktown B&B
This homey professional pie came from Ray's Bucktown Bed and Breakfast.
Nothing goes better with pie than rockabilly tunes. Well, milk is good too.