LEWISTOWN, Ill. (WMBD) — A local orchard has taken home two sweet wins for its cider at the national and state level.
The 32nd Illinois and National Sweet Cider Contests and the 19th National Hard Cider Contest were held in Springfield last week.
Wes Carithers of Orchard Hill Farm in Lewiston produced the No. 1 overall rated cider at this year’s contest, winning both the national and Illinois contests. He used Fuji, Jonagold, Jonathan, and Honeycrisp apples to make his winning cider.
This year, Wiles Family Orchard of Fairfield claimed the Champion Hard Cider. Justin Wiles and Trevor Grissom produced their winning hard cider for this year’s contest with a combination of Gold Rush, Golden Delicious, Jonathon, and Gala apples.
A summary of more contest notes is outlined below:
|National Awards||Firm||Address||Cultivar Blend|
|First Place||Orchard Hill Farm||Lewiston, IL||Fuji, Jonagold, Jonathan, Honeycrisp|
|Second Place||Curran’s Orchard||Rockford, IL||Jonathan, Cortland, Honeycrisp, Empire, Yellow Delicious|
|Third Place||Wiles Family Orchard||Fairfield, IL||Gold Rush, Golden Delicious, Jonathon, Empire|
|First Place||Orchard Hill Farm||Lewiston, IL||see above|
|Second Place||Curran’s Orchard||Rockford, IL||see above|
|Third Place||Wiles Family Orchard||Fairfield, IL||see above|
|Midwest Cider of Merit|
|First Runner-up||Jonamac Orchard||Malta, IL||Evercrisp, Honeycrisp, Gold Rush, Pink Lady, Fuji|
|Second Runner-up||Big Bear Orchard||Grand Ridge, IL||Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Jonathan, Gold Rush|
|Third Runner-up||Edwards Apple Orchard West||Winnebago, IL||Gala, Pixie Crunch, Honeycrisp, Cameo, Red Delicious, Blondee, Jonamac|
|Champion||Wiles Family Orchard||Fairfield, IL||Gold Rush, Golden Delicious, Jonathan|
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