"Many students showed up at 9 a.m. to help us and about a dozen came back at 5 p.m. and worked all night until everything was loaded up and cleaned, which was a little after midnight," she said.
While the turnout was slightly less than last year, Conley attributes the decline to the late afternoon Syracuse University Men's Basketball game, which may have "impacted ticket sales."
This year, the judges were five teachers from Baldwinsville Central School District. Julie Sennett from Reynolds Elementary, Mike Scuderi and Jason Glashauser from Baker High School, Deb Mosher from Durgee Junior High School and Katie Reap from Van Buren Elementary School. John Thayer of Foolsbrew provided entertainment for the evening.
The judges and attendees recognized the following restaurants for the various award categories:
Judges and People's Choice for best sandwich went to Sammy Malone's for their signature prime roast beef sandwich;
Judges and People's Choice for best appetizer went to Fresh Mex Mexican Grill for their loaded nachos;
Judges and People's Choice for best chicken wings went to Sal's Pizzeria;
Judges and People's Choice for best house specialty went to Pucello's at Foxfire Restaurant for their sausage andouille soup;
Judges Choice for best pizza went to Hometown Pizzeria while the People's Choice went to Pizza Man; and
Judges Choice for best dessert/after dinner delight went to Edible Arrangements for chocolate dipped fruits and the People's Choice went to Tops Market for their yummy assortment of carrot, white chocolate raspberry, death by chocolate and chocolate peanut butter cakes.
New awards this year went to Edible Arrangement for best presentation and to Pizza Man for best booth.