Novice pie baker wins Tennessee State Fair contest

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She’d only been baking pies since the beginning of the summer, but that didn’t keep Colleen Krause from entering one of the state’s most high-profile baking contests.

And to beat all odds, or at least 35 other entries competing in the Tennessee State Fair’s annual Apple Pie Contest, she won.

But, as if this win wasn’t enough, the amateur baker, wife and mother of five who oversees contracts for a Nashville health care distribution company, also placed second in the Dole dessert contest at the fair and was named the State Fair’s Baker of the Year after placing 10 separate entries in various fair baking competitions.

That’s right. Krause, who lives in Hermitage, put her limited baking experience up against some of Tennessee’s finest and came out a huge winner.

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