cake auction

A selection of cakes from last year’s auction.

BISBEE — If you happen to catch the scent of some delectable sweets or the whir of mixers around town this week, it means the hustle and bustle of dozens of pastry bakers of all ages are working hard to create their masterpieces for a great cause — the second annual Kiwanis Cake Auction.

For 40-some years the cake auction was the main fundraiser for former Cochise County Association of the Handicapped and it brought in thousands of dollars to help the needs of those with disabilities. It was dropped when CCAH was unable to raise enough to continue the day-long event.

Last year, members of the Bisbee Kiwanis Club decided to resuscitate the cake auction and the Bisbee Fire Department Local Union 4913 jumped in like a defibrillator to help. The Kiwanis Club seeks funding for its scholarship program for Bisbee students and the firefighters need all the help they can get to reach the department’s goals to help those in need through the Thanksgiving Food Drive and the Christmas Food and Toy Drive.

Just as anxious as the club and union to bring back the cake auction, which by the way is not just any old cake auction, are the scores of people who support it.

Bisbee’s bakers not only manage to deliver on taste to curb that sweet tooth but make artistic and whimsical creations as appealing to the eye as to the tongue. It can be hard to decide to take that first slice of a cake.

The Kiwanis Club will be selling plates of green chili burritos for lunch and dinner to eat there or to go. People can enjoy eating while watching those confectionary masterpieces be auctioned in person adding to the fun atmosphere.

The cake auction will be on Channel 2, on BFD Local Union 4913 Facebook and YouTube, added Giacomino.

BHS Project Graduation 2020 will also participate and benefit from the auction.

Cakes, pies and other sweet delights can be dropped of at the BHS cafeteria beginning at 11 a.m. with the judging starting at 1 p.m. followed by the auction at 2 p.m.

There are awards for different age groups including children and the big awards for the most creative, most original and most beautiful, as well as the people’s choice.

Age categories include up to seven year olds, 8-12, 13-18 and adults. There is also a group category. Best tasting will only be awarded to those who include a small sample of their entry recipe for the judges to taste.

For more information, call (520) 678-5164.

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