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Library preparing for expanded Cupcake Wars and Basket Raffle April 25

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - Updated: 9:45 AM

By JOSHUA THOMAS

C-S-E Editor

CANAJOHARIE -- The Canajoharie Library is in full-on preparation mode for their second annual, expanded Cupcake Wars and Basket Raffle Fundraiser, which will take place on Friday, April 25, from 6-8 p.m., with the basket raffle starting at 7 p.m.

The event will be significantly larger than last year's tremendously successful event. Nearly 50 baskets have already been donated, rivaling the 30-something that were available last year, and the library is still accepting basket donations until the end of this week.

Currently, there is a lineup of ten bakers preparing recipes for the event, also expanded from last year's eight-baker roster. This year's lineup of bakers is almost entirely different, and many new businesses will be competing, including the Bridge St. Bakery, of St. Johnsville, and Grandma's Kitchen, which recently moved from St. Johnsville to a cozy spot on Erie Blvd. just down the street from the library.

Last year, the professional bakers sold their cupcakes at the end of the event and it would be an understatement to say they were purchased fast. The professional cupcakes were gone almost instantly, and to avoid a situation where attendees aren't able to procure cupcakes this year, the professionals have been asked to bake more to sell throughout the event. There are also 25 volunteers lined up to bake cupcakes to sell.

The judges, instead of just choosing their overall favorite cupcake, will award prizes for best tasting, most unique and best presentation. Event Co-Chair Mari Grace Hoag said that some bakers are already planning to attempt a win in one category or another, adding interesting ingredients -- such as ginger -- to their recipes.

Cupcakes will be available individually or as affordable six-packs.

Also, to accommodate what is already gearing up to be a sizable crowd, the layout of the event will be changed to a more audience-friendly format. The bakers will be placed in the center of the museum's Great Room on risers, back to back, so that the crowd can flow along the outside to clearly see each participants preparation process.

"It's our biggest fundraiser," said Hoag of Cupcake Wars, noting that it's extremely important for the library, which will use the money to expand their Summer Reading Program, scheduling more programs each week for various age groups. The funding will also provide the library an opportunity to purchase more books and movies.

"We'll have something for everyone," Hoag commented of the baskets, which can be bid on now at the library, explaining that there's a "Frozen" themed basket for kids, numerous family-focused baskets, baskets featuring artwork, wine, gift certificates to local businesses, and even baskets targeted specifically at men. There's also a $100 money tree and a $100 lottery ticket tree.

Tickets are 1 for $1, 6 for $5, and $10 for a baker’s dozen.

Aside from basket donations. Hoag said the library is still looking for professional and volunteer bakers.

To donate, or to find out how to bake for the event, call the library at (518) 673-2314.

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