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Cupcakes and... roller skates!

PLATTSBURGH - The second annual Cupcake Showdown will bring together a unique combination - cupcakes and roller skates.

The Crafty Geek Brigade - a community-building organization with the goal of creating an outlet for anything, everything and everyone - will be holding its Cupcake Showdown at the Great Adirondack Soup Company Saturday, May 29, from 7-9:30 p.m. Coffee and tea will be provided and the showdown will include musical performance by local musician Katie Booth.

According to organizer and North Country Lumber Jill member Kim Cummins, the event is an opportunity for local bakers to showcase their talents to the Plattsburgh community.

"There are a lot of amazing bakers stuck in the home that don't get a chance to be recognized. This is a good chance to celebrate their individual talents," said Cummins. "Good food, music and drink always bring people together."

Bakers may submit entries free of charge to be judged for prizes in six categories - best taste, best decoration, best use of fruit or vegetable ingredients, best vegan cupcake, funniest decoration, and the grand prize title of Super-Duper Best-of-the-West High-Noon Total-Package Awesome Cupcake.

For a $5 suggested donation, members of the community can act as showdown judges and sample as many of the confectionary delights as desired. All proceeds from the showdown will help support the Plattsburgh Roller Derby League's North Country Lumber Jills.

"The variety of cupcakes and ingenuity of bakers was incredible," said Erin McGill, last year's most creative cupcake winner.

Last year's event saw cupcakes ranging from butterflies, to a garden theme, to spaghetti and meatballs, all created with sugary sweets. For this year, Cummins hopes to see more alternative cupcake submissions for the vegan, and fruit or vegetable categories.

Showdown competitors must submit at least one dozen cupcakes by 6:30 p.m. the day of the competition to participate. Competitors are not limited to enter one type of cupcake and may submit as many different cupcakes as desired.

Cummins explained the event has been supported by many local businesses, including the North Country Food Co-op, Starbucks and Price Chopper.

Anyone interested in submitting a donation or for more information, can visit www.craftygeekbrigade.weebly.com or www. plattsburghrollerderby.weebly.com.

Katherine Clark is an intern with the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.

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