By Grace Usher

The “Almost” 9th Annual Dashboard Cookie Bake-Off happened Friday morning. The event was held in the parking lot of the London Bridge Resort Convention Center. The contestants of the bake-off were the Journey of Hope riders who visited Lake Havasu City on their way to Washington, D.C.

The participants met at 7 a.m., and were given their supplies at 7:30 a.m. The only supplies given were a roll of cookie dough, aluminum foil and a baking tray.

So, why is this the Almost 9th Annual?

Brigid Stevens talks to the group before judging. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

“The first year, the cookies were eaten before the judging,” said Brigid “Mrs. Dash” Stevens.

Stevens started the dashboard cookies as a joke for KNTR SpeakOut. She would go on the show to announce the annual arrival of the Journey of Hope riders. Every year, they would ask how hot it would be when they rolled in and every year it was the same answer, “118.” After getting burned out saying the temperature during the weather portion of the show, she decided to change it up.

She took a cookie sheet and baked cookies on her dashboard all day before the show. When her co-host ask how hot it was, she replied, “Hot enough to bake cookies on your dashboard.”

The practical joke soon transformed into a full-on event.

One of the teams prepare to take their cookies out of the car. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

The theme of this year’s competition was, “Things You See in Lake Havasu.” Each team had 15 minutes to create their designs. Once the time was reached, the contestants had to stop all design work and set the cookies on one of seven vehicle dashboards.

The seven vehicles were donated for the event by Anderson Toyota Auto Group.

At 11 a.m.,  judging began. The competition was judged by Vice-Mayor Cal Sheehy, LHCPD Dan Doyle, Scott Taylor, Chef Truela.

The winning group was Team 5 who constructed the London Bridge with a sun and birds. Team Members of the winning group were: Will Parker, Jack Hoover, Andrew Miller, Adam Randolph, Liam Mairena and Tyler Baumgartner.

Find out more about their visit, here.

Journey of Hope riders eat their cookies after judging. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

Scott Taylor judges the cookies Friday morning. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

The judges look over the cookies Friday morning. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

Vice-Mayor Cal Sheehy reads a proclaimation Friday morning. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

Journey of Hope riders pose for a photo before taking their cookies out of the car. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

Journey of Hope riders pose for a photo before taking their cookies out of the car. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

Team 5 celebrates their win during the Dashboard Cookie Contest. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

Brigid Stevens poses with the winners, Team 5. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene


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