The Eighth Annual Tulip Time Dutch Baking Contest unofficially kicked off this week’s festivities last night. The contest took place in the Sterrenburg Library. Contestants were judged on a variety of categories, including appearance, originality and flavor. Barb Mathis took first place in the cookies category, and Annie Hedrick was first with her Pella bologna recipe. Coordinator of the event, Bonnie Verburg told KNIA/KRLS News that there were a total of 11 entries and they overall had a great turnout.