Shelby Township hosts an annual art fair and cake-making contest

Living in Shelby Township host Taylor Vitany announces the winners of the Better Pie Baking Contest with Shelby Township Treasurer James Carabelli at last year’s Shelby Township Art Fair.

Photo provided by Brad D. Bates

SHELBY TOWNSHIP – Celebrating its 39th anniversary this year, the Shelby Township Art Fair invites bakers to enter its fourth Better Pie Baking Contest on August 13th.

The art fair allows patrons to see nationally known artists and many local artists exhibiting their work. Event times are Saturday, August 13, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, August 14, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at River Bends Park at 5700 22 Mile Road in Shelby Township.

The Shelby Township Better Pie Baking Contest is looking for entries for a special exhibit at the fair. The jury judges the cakes on presentation, creativity and taste. The winning cake maker will be featured on a future episode of “Living in Shelby Township” on Shelby TV, receive a free park pavilion for rent from Shelby Township Parks and Recreation, and be included in the holiday edition of the township newsletter: “Wells.”

Shelby Township Manager Rick Stathakis said the fair has something new to offer every year.

“The Shelby Township Art Fair is the highlight of the summer in Shelby Township and there’s always something new to see with the vendors and attractions like the Better Pie Contest. Last year the art fair moved to River Bends Park and it was bigger than ever and I’m sure it will be outstanding again this year,” he said.

Community Relations Director Brad Bates said the cake-making contest is an interesting thing to do every year.

“One of our community’s biggest events is the art fair, and it’s fun to add another twist to that tradition with the Better Pie Baking Contest. Since the competition began in 2018, we’ve seen different types of cakes win, and it’s always exciting to see what kind of masterpieces our contestants create each year,” he said in a press release.

The competition is open to amateur and professional bakers from all communities. There is one entry for each baker. Businesses can sponsor a baker, but the individual baker must make the listing. For this contest, a pie has “a bottom crust, a possible top crust, and a filling.”

Entries have to be sweet pies, and pre-made crusts are fine, but the fillings have to be homemade. Due to the expected hot temperatures, frozen and cream cakes are not eligible for the competition.

The three best cakes receive ribbons and a youth prize goes to the best baker under the age of 16.

Submissions must include a full list of ingredients and the recipe. Entries are due by 1pm on August 13th at the cake contest booth at the art fair. The bakers must be present at the judging at 1:00 p.m. The judges will announce the winner at 3:00 p.m

The judges will represent the Shelby Township Police, Fire and Parks, Recreation and Maintenance Departments and will also include Living in Shelby Township host Taylor Vitany.

“I’ve seen a lot of things that make Shelby Township a better place, but judging the pie contest is the pie. Seriously, this competition is a great addition to our art fair and it’s an honor to join the team with our Parks and Recreation staff to be part of such a great tradition,” Vitany said in a press release.

Visit for more information or a registration form.

Parking and admission to the fair are free with a shuttle between River Bends Park and Woodall Park at 4101 River Bends Drive on Ryan Road. There will be paintings, ceramics, jewelry, wood, glass and more at the fair. There will be live music, crafts and activities at Kids’ Corner, animals from the Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center and the opportunity to visit Shelby Township police officers and firefighters.

The event is presented by the Shelby Township Art Fair Committee and hosted by the Shelby Township Parks, Recreation and Maintenance Department.

Visit for more information. You can also find the Shelby Township Art Fair at or call the Shelby Township Parks, Recreation and Maintenance Department weekdays at (586) 731-0300.

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