So, I tried several pie experiments and finally decided to ditch the jalapeno pie. They were good but a little too weird for a small rural town.
I did take first place with a strawberry cream pie. My son John took second in the chili contest with a red chili and I took third with my meatball chili. The meatball chili threw the judges off a little as they were expecting a traditional chili. One judge did score me highest overall which made me happy. It did seem to be the crowd favorite as there was only one bowl left out of the four gallons that we brought, everyone else had quite a bit left over including the first place guy.
Thanks everyone for your help.
Congratulations Hoss! A man of many talents & the people's champ