The festival was the brainchild of Sherril Koroluk, the assistant to the director of the Preservation Society of Chapel Hill, who said she proposed to turn Horace Williams’ birthday celebration into a cupcake festival three years ago.
“Always trust your crazy ideas,” she said.
This year, her idea attracted local as well as out-of-town guests, including Dr. Nazir Ahmad, a dentist with a self-proclaimed sweet tooth who traveled to the festival from Virginia.
Ernest Dollar, executive director of the Preservation Society, said people were lining up two hours before the festival started. Moments before the doors opened, the line was wrapped around the building.
Guests ate more than 500 cupcakes in 20 minutes last year, Dollar said — a fact that prompted extra preparation for Saturday’s festival.
He said a “security force” of volunteers watched over the cupcake room to make sure people only took one cupcake at a time.
“I don’t think we had as many people as last year,” Koroluk said. “But I think everyone had a better time.”
Joe Parker, who placed second in the contest, said the judges this year were more knowledgeable about cupcakes than past judges.
Judges included Ruth Moose, last year’s second-place cupcake winner; Debbie Moose, a Raleigh-based cookbook author; and Emily Pierce, the marketing coordinator of Sugarland Bakery.
The judges’ only instructions were to pick the most luscious cupcake.
“You want something that you put one bite in your mouth and say ‘Ahhh,’” Ruth Moose said.
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