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Sisters compete for Peach Cook-Off titles

Both first-place winners of Saturday’s Chilton County Peach Festival Cook-Off — adult winner Carolyn Prokopyk and youth winner Anne Elizabeth Walton — were competing against sisters.

You could say both were underdogs, because Prokopyk is the youngest of the three sisters that entered the Cook-Off, the others being Patsy Ratliff of Maplesville and Rebecca Arrington of Tuscaloosa. As for Walton, she does not share the aspirations of her sister, Ellen Kathleen, to become a chef.

But Prokopyk’s fried peach pies and Walton’s peach and cream pie both received blue ribbons Saturday.

“This is the first time we all entered the Cook-Off,” said Prokopyk of Clanton, who calls her homemade pies her specialty.

“It’s the one thing I make everybody likes,” she said.

Walton said she found her recipe on the Internet and chose to prepare it because of its simplicity.

“It was easy — almost impossible to mess up,” she said.

Her sister Ellen did win third place with her peach scones and peach cream cheese.

The girls live in Birmingham with their parents, Ted and Dawn Walton. Their grandmother, Martha Thornburgh, is a Chilton County resident.

Taking second place in the Youth Division was 2009 Young Miss Peach Anna Calhoun with her peach praline pie.

Other adult winners were Beth Wright, whose peach fluff pound cake earned second place; and Elaine McLean of Hoover, winning third place with her fresh peach gazpacho with spicy tortilla chips.

The Peach Festival Cook-Off is sponsored by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.