Calling all bakers for the 2021 Homemade Chocolate Cake contest to be held on Monday, July 26, at the Lebanon Area Fair. The contest is sponsored by the Pennsylvania State Association of County Fairs (PSACF).

PSACF has been in existence since 1912. Over 100 member fairs, associations or societies hold annual events that showcase the Commonwealth’s top industries – agriculture and tourism.

An estimated 5.5 million people visit PA fairs each year to enjoy amusements, food,
entertainment, judged competitions, and our rich Pennsylvania agricultural heritage. Visit to learn more about a PSACF Fair near you.

A contest participant must be an individual amateur baker and a resident of Pennsylvania. The entry must be a layered chocolate cake made from “scratch.” The entry must be frosted and the frosting must also be made from “scratch.” The cake recipe must feature chocolate or cocoa as the main ingredient.

More than 100 fairs across Pennsylvania will offer cash prizes for the best Homemade
Chocolate Cake contest. The Lebanon Area Fair’s contest is a preliminary competition that leads to the selection of the final Homemade Chocolate Cake blue ribbon winner each January at the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg. The first place winner at the Farm Show will be awarded a cash grand prize of $500 for the winning chocolate cake recipe.

Unlike most all other contests at the Fair, this specialty baking contest does NOT require pre-entry. Exhibitors can simply show up with their entry and required paperwork on Monday, July 26, from 10 a.m. to noon. Winners will be announced at 2 p.m. For a complete list of rules, visit or contact the contest coordinator Rachel Siegel at (717) 274-1197.