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Cumberlands Library hosts Edible Book Contest


Williamsburg, Ky. — On Monday, April 1st, University of the Cumberlands’ (UC) Hagan Memorial Library held its second annual International Edible Books Festival Contest. The festival gave UC students, faculty, and staff, as well as the community, the opportunity to show off their creative talents by baking cakes based on their favorite books.

“It is so much fun,” said Reference and Instruction Librarian, Carrie Byrd. “We got a great response this year and I’m amazed by the talent pool here at the University. We definitely had some great cakes this year!”

The festival was a success with an amazing turnout. People gathered to look at all the beautiful decorations and to get a taste of each one. There were 11 total entrants in this year’s contest to design a cake, cupcakes, or any type of baked good to represent a book.

There were several different categories that contestants could enter their edible book into with the winners receiving Barnes & Noble gift cards.

Carolyn Reaves won best depiction of a non-juvenile book for her entry on the book Mice. Sara Kroetsch won best depiction of a juvenile book for her cake on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Valerie Lunsford won best student entry for her cake on the Lorax, and Gloria Cornett won the funniest/puniest cake for her entry called Big Fish.

Winning the overall prize for the festival was Beth Wooley who was awarded with the most artistic and most popular cake for her entry on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

“I chose to create Charlie and the Chocolate Factory this year because I thought it would be the most fun,” said Beth Wooley, UC Cheerleading Coach. “This is my second straight year to participate in the festival and I’m already looking forward to next year.”

The festival, which started in 2000, usually takes place on or around April 1st each year. The event was created to inspire people to share their love of books and inspire an international community to come together. The University of the Cumberlands is hoping to participate every year to encourage people to visit and learn more about what takes place in the library.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.

Article provided by Rhyana Barker, University of the Cumberlands Multimedia and Athletic Services Department Student Assistant