2021 CAKE CONTEST
Greetings, we have exciting news for you!
Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to our 2021 Buffalo Bill Birthday Cake Contest held on-line Sunday, February 28th in celebration of Buffalo Bill's 175th Birthday!
This event was produced by the ICFA's Reunion Committee in response to the postponment of our biennial reunion due to the pandemic. Recognizing the membership's convivial desire for social activity, Terry Cody lobbied for an alternative event and Dwight Cody inspired the Cake Contest concept.
Our own ICFA Vice President and Chair of our Reunion Committee, Kevin Cody emceed the competition while contestants competed for prizes and recognition for the most decorative and creative Buffalo Bill Birthday Cake.
Backstage, our Video Director, Deborah Gordon set up the Zoom meeting, ran the waiting room, ushered in our guests, coached them to add their names to their video feed and muted their audio on arrival. During the contest, Deborah managed the voting and without her expertise, this event might not have occured!
Once the audience was assembled, as Master of Ceremonies, Kevin Cody kicked off the show by welcoming the attendees. He mentioned that author Steve Frisen was a Director of the Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave at Lookout Mountain, and that he, sister Kellie Edwards, cousin Paul Cody and cousin Philip Boal are all direct descendants of Buffalo Bill and that genealogist Paul Marquez is a direct descendant of Pat Garrett, captor of Billy the Kid!
Continuing, Kevin reviewed the seven entries by spotlighting each one as he read the contestant's description of their entry.
After a review of all the Entries, Kevin called for a vote which resulted in a clear win for the Best Cake and a tie for Second Place. He then called for a second round of voting to break the tie and finally announced our winners.
In First Place, as the Best Cake, we have entry #2 created by the Joshua Robertson family of Cody WY, lately of Firestone CO! Joshua grew up in the house Buffalo Bill built for his family when he pioneered the town of Cody WY!
1st Place, Joshua & Heather Robertson's Cake
In Second Place we have entry #5, Kellie Edwards with her "Buffalo Bill Belt Buckle" Cake!
2nd Place, Kellie Edwards' Buffalo Bill Belt Buckle Cake
And close behind, 3rd place goes to Vicki McCarty of North Platte NE for her "Home on the Range" Cake depicting Buffalo Bill's Scout's Rest Ranch!
3rd Place, Viki McCarty's Home on the Range Cake
Once the winners were announced, Kevin showed videos of the winning entries with a voice-over commentary by the contestants themselves.
With the contest completed, Kevin played a 'hip hop' Buffalo Bill Happy Birthday tribute while some of the audience got up and danced!
After the audience settled down, Kevin interviewed some of the attendees, asking about their interest in the ICFA and Buffalo Bill.
Then Kevin called for a word from our ICFA President, Allan Cody who thanked everybody, especially Director Deborah and Emcee Kevin for making this such a success and reminded us all about the upcoming MineCraft Challenge, promising to announce the event by email and to publish the Cake Contest and the MineCraft Challenge in the next Review newsletter.
With that, Kevin thanked everybody for coming, invited them all to the MineCraft Challenge and after a round of applause, Deborah closed the Reunion Committee's first on-line event!
Thanks to all the Contestants and Attendees who joined us for an hour to cast their votes for the best cake!
The top 3 best cakes will all receive the Cody Publications edition of "The Last of the Great Scouts", a softback book by Buffalo Billís sister Helen Cody Wetmore, plus a signed, limited edition, poster size print of "Buffalo Bill and the Indians on the Beach" by artist Thom Ross. A surprise ribbon will also be awarded for our top 3 winners and an Honorable Mention for all the participating contestants!