Boley woman Wins First at Oklahoma State Fair

Brandi Bumgardner from Boley, Okla. in Okfuskee County, recently placed first in the Sweet Breads Category of the Senior Division at the State “Best of Wheat” Bread Baking contest held on Sept. 24 at the Oklahoma State Fair.  Her entry of Cinnamon Raisin Bread topped the other entries in the class.
The contest is an annual event sponsored by the Oklahoma Wheat Commission and State Fair of Oklahoma.
“We had 125 entries from 41 counties this year, all champion or reserve champion winners in the county contests,” said David Gammill, Vice-Chairman of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission. “We had great attendance and always enjoy the opportunity to award the top bread bakers in the state.”
The contest consists of 12 classes, 6 in the senior division and 6 in the junior division. Senior division classes include white bread, whole grain bread, dinner rolls, other wheat breads, sweet breads and machine breads. Junior division classes include white bread, dinner rolls, other wheat breads, sweet breads, specialty shapes, and machine breads.
State Champions in the Senior division include: June McGuire, Stephens County, White Bread; Kaye Freudenberger, Logan County, Whole Grain Bread; June Shepherd, Kay County, Dinner Rolls; Toni Carpenter, Payne County, Other Wheat Breads; Brandi Bumgardner, Okfuskee County, Sweet Breads and John Otto, Cleveland County, Bread Machine.  A cookbook with the top 5 recipes of every class from the Best of Wheat competition will be available on-line January 2018 at www.okwheat.org.
The Oklahoma Wheat Commission promotes greater utilization of wheat in both domestic and international markets through research, market development and public education.  Five wheat producers representing designated districts across the state serve as the Oklahoma Wheat Commission’s board of directors. Current officers are Michael Peters, Chairman, Okarche; David Gammill, Vice-Chairman, Chattanooga; Don Schieber, Secretary-Treasurer, Ponca City; Kenneth Failes, member, Cherokee and Tom Stephens, member, Guymon.

Brandi Bumgardner, of Boley, receives her Champion bread tray and first place ribbon in the sweet bread category at the 2017 State Fair “Best of Wheat” Bread Baking Contest with her Cinnamon Raisin Bread recipe. Oklahoma Wheat Commissioners Tom Stephens, District II, Guymon; Kenneth Failes, District I, Cherokee; David Gammill, Vice Chairman, Chattanooga and Don Schieber, Secretary-Treasurer, Ponca City present her silver tray bread award.

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