Last year’s Steeple Chase drew competitors who took harvest items from church to church in Wykoff. This year’s race will feature some of the items in the harvest contest, pickles and jellies.
Last year’s Steeple Chase drew competitors who took harvest items from church to church in Wykoff. This year’s race will feature some of the items in the harvest contest, pickles and jellies.

Finding oneself in a pickle, a jelly or a jam isn’t all that bad, really, because the sky’s the limit. 

“People should enter the contest because it’s that time of year to taste the harvest and the fruits of our labors, and there are prizes — $25 gift certificates from Goodies & Gas and from the Gateway,” related Eva Barr, organizer of the 2016 canning contest, this year featuring cucumber pickles and jellies, though Barr imagined that a few accidental jams might appear as well.

People should bring a pint of cucumber pickles – “the sky’s the limit as to whatever recipe they use…sweet or spicy,” said Barr – and a half-pint of fruit jelly, as opposed to jam, to the community center between 8 and 9 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 25. The tasting and judging will be done between 9 and 11 a.m. at the pancake breakfast. 

The contest affords local gardeners an opportunity to share their favorite recipes, and for the winners, there’s the promise of good eats or a tank full of gas, all right in Wykoff, Barr’s favorite hometown – also the place where she’s in charge of the third annual Great Wykoff Steeple Race.

Steeple Race Saturday

The Steeple Race is a relay of teams of four people who carry produce on a route from one Wykoff church to another, proving that before one’s produce is canned or jellied, it has a usefulness in sporting events as well.  The teams of four people of varied ages must first register at St. Johns Lutheran Church at 2 p.m. on Saturday, and then at 3 p.m. take a route through town that connects each member of the respective teams on the four legs of the race, ending at St. Johns. 

“It’s a great time,” she observed, adding that the race is a work of living art that brings Wykoff’s residents and neighbors together.   

Home brew, too

Additionally, Saturday’s the day for the annual home brew contest. Home-brewed beer and wine can be brought to the park pavilion south of the Wykoff Community Hall at 10 a.m., and a lineup of mostly-unbiased judges will do their best to taste each and every one and give the thumbs up for the brew that brings the most bang for the guzzle.  Judging is slated for noon and winners will take home the honor of being the best brewers in town.

For more information on the pickle and jelly contest or the steeple race, call Barr at 507-352-4255.