Sugar Artists Show Off Creative Confections At Tulsa State Fair

Friday, October 1st 2010, 9:43 pm
By: News On 6

By Ashli Sims, The News On 6

TULSA, OKLAHOMA -- The Tulsa State Fair will showcase it's sweeter side Saturday.

Sugar artists from all over the country will be showing off their creative confections at the Oklahoma Sugar Art Show.

They spin sugar into jail-house rocking Elvis and rotating rotundas.

Tulsa State Fair Sugar Art Creations

"I feel like an amateur compared to some of these people," said Cathy Caito, an Indiana cake artist.

Their edible masterpieces are hand-painted scenes from the Serengeti and hand-crafted jungle creatures.

"My inspiration is my two twin grandchildren," said Bonnie Park, a Texas cake artist.

They fashion fondant and frosting into a touch of fall or a spring bouquet. The artists and the fans come from coast to coast to show off their skills at the Oklahoma Sugar Art Show.

It's not just a competition. Many of the cakes artists come for the camaraderie.

"I missed last year, because I was sick. And I really missed coming last year and seeing all the cakes," said Dianne Holgate, a New Mexico cake artist.

Coming off a fourth place finish and a feature in a bridal magazine, Dianne Holgate got pneumonia. It turned septic and cost her her legs below the knees and her steady hands.

"Well I feel like I dropped off the face of the cake world for a whole year, but I'm back," she said.

In the last year, Holgate has retaught herself to walk, worked to control her hands, and she's entering two cakes in the show.

"It's been a long road, but I am so grateful," she said. "Its been a whole year relearning a lot of things and I'm just glad that I can still make cakes for people."

The Sugar Art Show is open to the public this weekend. Winners will be announced Sunday at 5:30 p.m.

And folks searching for the traditional butter sculpture at the fair are finding a cheesy alternative.

Sarah Kaufmann is a full time cheese carver. She's sculpting a one-ton block of Oklahoma cheddar into the Golden Driller.

"Well, I'm from Wisconsin. I'm a natural born cheese head. That's why I can carve cheese. It just comes naturally," Kaufmann said.

Not a crumb will be wasted. All the cheese shavings will be turned into animal feed.