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Blackbird Bakery cooks up a winner
Any way you slice it, Blackbird Bakery had the funniest entry in Bainbridge Island’s Grand Old Fourth Parade.
The Winslow business won the 2014 Buxton-Ellis Award for the Most Humorous Parade Entry, the Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce has announced.
The entry consisted of Blackbird’s employees and friends in a drill team of giant pie slices (cleverly disguised wheelbarrows) maneuvering in formation and coming together to make a whole pie.
The Most Humorous Parade Entry was created by the funders and judges of the award, islanders Frank Buxton and John Ellis. The award was created a year ago, when Ellis and Buxton felt they needed some way to encourage more fun and creativity among the parade participants.
The rules for the award stipulate that if a for-profit organization wins, however, it needs to designate a Kitsap County-based nonprofit to receive the money.
Blackbird’s owners Heidi Umphenour and Jeff Shepard and staff chose the Bainbridge Public Library because “they serve everybody.”
Buxton and Ellis, long-time Grand Old 4th parade announcers and members of the island’s EDGE Improv troupe, were on hand Thursday, July 31, in the Bainbridge Public Library’s Haiku Garden to give the $1,000 check to Blackbird representatives Carl Nordstrom and Katie O’Mara.
Nordstrom came up with the idea of the pie slices and was assisted by fellow worker O’Mara.
“The hardest part was borrowing six wheelbarrows all the same height,” Nordstrom said. “I had no idea they came in so many different sizes.”
After receiving the prize, Nordstrom and O’Mara passed the check on to Linda Meier, president of the library board, and Rebecca Judd, Bainbridge Island branch manager.
Blackbird Bakery is noted for their previous creative parade entries such as blackbirds in a pie, a giant layer cake, and the infamous Volkswagen bus toaster (plus walking toast slices).
First and second runners-up were Rock Rent-A-Car’s Back-to-the-Future-Mobile and OfficeXpat’s laptop drill team.
Other entries that brought smiles included the giant walking stethoscope, “germs and viruses,” jellyfish, frogs, clams, animated trees, accordian playing unicyclist, decorated dogs, air swimmers, and a quilt drill team.