Holiday Open House

Holiday Open House

Open the holiday season at Mosaic Templars Cultural Center. This annual event is traditionally held the first Sunday in December and features the annual “Say It Ain’t Say’s" sweet potato pie contest in honor of Little Rock’s black Santa, Robert “Say” McIntosh. Join us each year for a a one-of-a-kind holiday experience with holiday music, sweet potato pies, children's activities, decorations and more!

Each year, we invite professional and amateur bakers to bring their best sweet potato pie and compete. Both categories will be judged by a panel of celebrity judges. The public will also have a chance to taste the pies and vote for the winner of the "People's Choice" award.

The 2018 Holiday Open House and pie baking contest will be Sunday, Dec. 2, from 2-5 p.m. In addition to the baking competition, the Holiday Open House will feature performances by local musical and dance groups. The museum will also host a holiday craft-making station for children.

There is no cost to enter the contest, and it is open to the public. Participants are asked to bring a toy to donate to Say McIntosh's Toy Drive.

Registration for the 2018 Say It Ain't Say's Sweet Potato Pie Baking Contest is now open!

To enter the contest, submit the form below or fill out and submit the PDF form: Say It Ain't Say's Contest Rules and Entry Form Say It Ain't Say's Contest Rules and Entry Form (147 KB)

Contest Rules

1. Pie must include sweet potatoes as the main ingredient. (Creativity is encouraged!)

2. One entry per household.

3. Pie must be entered in the name of the person who made it.

4. Pies must be made from scratch. No store bought pies or store bought crusts will be accepted.

5. We recommend all pies be made in an 8” or 9” non-returnable dish. Pie plates will not be returned.

6. Refrigeration is not available. Pies that require refrigeration will not be accepted.

7. For judging purposes, contestants must provide (5) of the same pies or 1 pie and enough to serve 250 people in 1 oz. portion cups.

8. Entries must be accompanied with a typed or legibly written recipe. (Exact measurements are not required)

9. All entries and contestants must arrive to the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center no later than 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 2, 2018. No entries will be accepted after 1:30 p.m.

10. Pre-registration is encouraged. Only the first five professional entries and the first eight individual entries will be guaranteed a spot. Those who have a spot will be notified 1 week prior to the event.

11. All entry forms must be submitted to Mosaic Templars Cultural Center no later than 4:00 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, 2018.

 

There is no cost to enter the contest, and it is open to the public. Participants are asked to bring a toy to donate to Say McIntosh’s Toy Drive.

 

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Entries will be accepted in two categories, Professional and Individual.

Both categories will be judged by a panel of local celebrity judges.

Each pie will be awarded points based on (4) criteria: Taste, Presentation, Creativity and Overall.

Prizes will be awarded for 1st and 2nd place in both categories. Each pie will also be eligible for the “People’s Choice” award.

The public will have the opportunity to taste each pie and place one vote for their favorite. The “People’s Choice” Award will be determined by the largest number of public votes.


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