The cupcakes were only one part of a weekend that included Kodiak’s annual rodeo, produce and livestock judging and a hefty dose of fair food.
This year 31 contestants, including 18 children, entered their cupcakes to be judged on artistic presentation and taste. The exhibit, based on the TV show “Cupcake Wars,” has been a popular event at the fair the last two years.
“This is the second year we’ve done this and it’s fantastic,” Cupcake War volunteer Pat Lods said. “I’m amazed at the cupcakes people put out. They’re beautiful.”
Each contestant submitted six cupcakes, three for tasting and three for viewing. There were three categories for winners based on age groups.
Jennifer Abono took first place in the adult category, while Mallory Arnold took first in age 10-to-15 and Cassidy Foster took first in under-9.
“I thought it was great,” cupcake judge Mike Treston said. “I liked the kids event because it was so original and came from the heart.”
After the judging was completed, the bidding wars began. The cupcakes that hadn’t been tasted were sold in a silent auction. The proceeds went to paying the cash prizes, and the remainder of the money went to the Kodiak 4-H club.
On Saturday, Kodiakans took advantage of the sun and spent the day touring the booths in the fairgrounds’ exhibit hall before heading to the next-door rodeo arena.
Some exhibits featured more traditional fair finds like produce and livestock.
In the land products and vegetables category, Chris Hicks’ class at Peterson Elementary took home the superior ribbon for the turnips they grew.
Candice Lotzer won the superior ribbon in the canning and jams category for her spiced peaches, while Brenda Castonguay was superior in the baking category for her chocolate cake. Nicola Belisle won superior in the quilting category.
Kodiak 4-H club members were stationed in the back of the exhibit hall with animals they had raised over the year.
“Animals are judged on a standard of perfection,” said Annie Looman. Looman’s rabbit Sage took home a first-place ribbon.
Organizers were happy with the attendance on Saturday. Attendance slowed down on Sunday when rain hit.
“I think Saturday was a better day than we’ve had in the last three years,” organizer Susan Killary said. “It was awesome. We had around 1,000 people through the gate.”
At 3 p.m., attendees flocked to the indoor arena to watch the rodeo activities that included bullring, calf roping and pole bending, among others.
“The rodeo was great overall,” state fair board president Charlene Pudish said. “I think we had really good attendance. On Saturday there was only standing room for a little while.”
The 2012 rodeo court members were announced at the start of the rodeo. Rodeo court members were chosen based on an interview, a test of their knowledge of general horsemanship and a riding challenge.
Mallory Arnold, 14, took home Lil’ Miss Rodeo Queen.
“It’s really cool and amazing to win,” she said. Arnold has only been riding horses for three years. Dakota Evans won Lil’ Miss Rodeo Princess.
Aleisha McKinley competed against her daughter for the title of Rodeo Queen.
“I was intimidated riding against my daughter,” McKinley said. “I’m relieved it’s over.”
Jami Childers was named Rodeo Princess.
The rodeo competitors participated in events that were spread across the two days. On Sunday the best riders of the rodeo were announced.
Malachi Peterson won all-around cowboy, and Teresa Bitterich won all-around cowgirl.
Correction: Jami Childers' name was misspelled in the first version of this article.