Lexington Fourth of July Festival kicks off with pie contest

This year's winning pie in the Great American Pie Contest was a Rhubarb Apple pie.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Fourth of July festivities have officially begun in downtown Lexington. The first event was the Great American Pie Contest and Ice Cream Social in the Fifth Third Bank Pavilion at Cheapside Park.

Judges tried more than 40 pies made by chefs or home cooks around the Lexington area.

Ranada West-Riley, owner of the Lexington Diner, judged the contest for the first time this year.

"You know it's 40 plus pies. Thank goodness I didn't eat breakfast. I wanted a cold glass of milk. It can be overwhelming, ya know? Man, you have so many different kind of pies. There's even some savory kinds of pies in there, not all just sweet. So the creativity, the texture, the crust," West-Riley said.

The line for pie and ice cream was wrapped around the pavilion. There were 1,000 pieces of pie and 1,000 pints of ice cream.

The winning pie was a Rhubarb Apple.

Click here for a complete schedule of events for Lexington's Fourth of July Festival.