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Calling all cupcake lovers!

November 26. 2013 1:33PM

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The challenge is on for local bakers and dessert enthusiasts, as some will soon be named “the best” in four categories of cupcake construction: most original, most artistic, best tasting and people’s choice.

Six Keystone College students, as a final exam project for their event planning class, are organizing the inaugural Cupcake Challenge, to be held Tuesday, Dec. 10 in Evans Hall in Hibbard Campus Center from 5 t0 7 p.m. At least eight local bakers are registered to participate, and the class hopes for an attendance of 150-200 people.

Tickets are $10 for the general public and $4 for students with a valid student ID, and can be purchased at the door or in advance by e-mailing Kathleen Jackson, one of the student organizers, at

Proceeds will benefit the Northeastern Pennsylvania Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, a cause which is close to the students’ hearts, as some have close family members affected by the disease.

“We’re really looking forward to hosting this event on Dec. 10,” Jackson said, “and we hope to get a great turnout from the Keystone campus and the local community as we strive to fight pancreatic cancer.”

According to Brenda Lidy, the class professor, the students modeled the event after a similar one, held by the Shawnee Resort in the Poconos. She said the business was able to provide the students with valuable advice in planning their own event.

She said the class is also grateful to Sodexo food service, the event’s major sponsor, which will provide a milk and coffee bar for event attendees.

Local businesses and individuals who, as of Nov. 22, submitted entries for the contest include: Sweet Lush, Sodexo, Creative Cookie by Jenny, local residents Jess Kovalchik and Kathy Baker, and Keystone students Erin Lawless and Tiffany Salmons. As of that date, two additional slots are open for cupcake entries, and registration can be made by contacting Jackson at

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