Proos judges pie baking and eating contest

LANSING—Sen. John Proos helped judge locally made pies on Friday at the Harbor Market’s second annual pie eating and pie baking contest in Benton Harbor.

“Once again, I was proud to be a part of celebrating our wonderful farmers markets and the fresh products grown and made right here in Southwest Michigan,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “Agriculture is a key part of our economy, and I commend the Harbor Market for putting together a great event that honors creative Michigan bakers, supports farmers and highlights local small businesses and cottage kitchens in a way that is fun for the entire family.”

The winner of each of four categories received $50, the overall winner received an additional $100 grand prize and all contestants earned a $10 Harbor Market gift certificate. After the pie baking awards, kids participated in a hands-free pie eating contest, with a $10 gift certificate going to the person who ate the most pies in two minutes.

“With so many good pies, judging was tough. In the end, the overall champion was third-grader Ben Chaves for his caramel apple crunch pie,” Proos said. “Well done to all the bakers!”

The Harbor Market is at 510 W. Main St. in Benton Harbor and is open every Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. until Labor Day weekend. For more information, visit


Editor’s Note—A photo of Proos at the event will be available on the senator’s webpage at Click on “Photowire” under the Media Center tab.