Monday July 3, 2023, Independence Celebration Contests and Rules

Posted on June 22, 2023

Patriotic Costume Contest

  • Get as creative as you want with your red, white, and blue attire.  Or dress up as a key American figure like the Statue of Liberty, Uncle Sam, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, or Hamilton.
  • Costumes can be handmade or bought. Please remember that this is a family event so please no risque costumes.
  • Open to all ages.  The contest will include two categories.
    1.  0-17 years of age
    2.  18 & older
  • Winner in each category gets $50


Best Apple Pie Contest


1st Ribbon, $100

2nd Ribbon

3rd Ribbon

Homemade Pie Contest Rules

  1. a) This contest is open to bakers of all ages!
  2. b) Pies must be entered in the name of the person who made it.
  3. c) Each Pie must be made from scratch and based on an 8” – 10” pie plate/pan. Each pie must include a cover. You may not use a pre-made store-bought crust.

Enter a Pie

  1. a) Bring your Pie to the contest site, at Palmview City Hall between 5-6 p.m. on July 3, 2023. At this time your pie will be given an entry number, maintaining the confidentiality of the bakers.
  2. b) Fill out the registration form.
  3. Acknowledge that the entered pie becomes the property of the City of Palmview

and that you do not get your pie back.

  1. If you win you give your permission to have your photo taken during the

announcement ceremony and have it used for Pie Contest and event promotional materials.

2.) A copy of your pie recipe, on a 3×5 card or 8×11 paper, with a list of ingredients must be provided with the recipe name, contestant name, and phone number, at the time of drop off.



  1. a) Judging will start at 6 p.m. Judges will not be present at the contest tent while pies are delivered to ensure the confidentiality of the bakers.
  2. b) Judging area will be “off limits” to all but Judges and Pie Contest Committee members.
  3. c) Minimum of three Judges.
  4. d) Criteria – Each pie will be judged on the following, out of 95 possible points.
  5. Overall Appearance – points 1-20
  6. Crust – Color, Texture, Doneness, Flavor – points 1-20

iii. Filling – Consistency, Doneness, Moistness, Flavor – points 1-20

  1. Flavor – points 1-20
  2. Creativity – points 1-20



  1. Each judge assigns a numerical value in each criteria category, without consultation with the other judges.
  2. The pie receiving the highest total numerical value is the winner. The Pie Contest Committee will tally the judging sheets.

iii. In the case of a tie, the judges will judge those pies again.

  1. The decision of the judges is final.
  2. a) Winners will be announced after the judging is complete at 6:30 p.m. on the main stage.

Deposition of Pies all pies become the property of the City of Palmview.

The contest continues rain or shine.

For more information call Arely Barrera at (956)-432-0325.



Watermelon Eating Contest

  • Entries are limited to the amount of watermelon available. Registration begins at 5 p.m. and will continue until all spots are filled or the time the contest starts, whichever occurs first.
  • Contestants must be at least 16 years and older.
  • The object is to be the fastest person to eat a slice of watermelon down to the rind.
  • NO HANDS MAY BE USED. Contestants must place their hands behind their backs while eating the watermelon.
  • A contestant may not leave his/her designated spot for any reason during the contest.
  • Any visible signs of illness will cause disqualification.
  • The watermelon must be consumed. It may not be spit out.
  • Contestants must not touch/eat any watermelon until the start signal is given.
  • If seed spitting is required, then it must be done on the contestant’s own plate. Seeds discharged in any direction or into another contestant’s area will be immediately disqualified.
  • The person to finish his/her watermelon and stand upright will end the contest and be declared the winner. Judges will decide if the watermelon is finished before ending the contest.
  • In the event of a tie – the contestants in the tie will have to eat another slice following the same rules as above.
  • Any complaint relative to the size of the watermelon slice must be lodged with the judge before the start of the contest.
  • A waiver must be signed by each contestant before the contest.


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