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Morgantown woman creates top West Virginia Birthday Punch

First Lady Justice has announced the winner of her West Virginia Birthday Punch Contest.

Cindy Scott of Morgantown was named the grand prize winner with her recipe – “Mountain Mama’s Refresher.”

Scott joined First Lady Justice onstage, along with her college friend, Sandy Murcock.  The two collaborated on the punch recipe while attending West Virginia University.

“Our West Virginia Birthday Punch contest has been a lot of fun and the response was really great,” First Lady Justice said. “With summer coming, I know that these wonderful recipes will provide many West Virginians with a delicious beverage to serve at family gatherings.”

Scott won a $300 Visa gift card and both ladies were awarded honorary certificates for taking home the top prize.

“Mountain Mama’s Refresher” was selected as the best of the best among four outstanding punch recipes that were selected as finalists in the contest. All finalist punch recipes were taste-tested by the First Lady, Gov. Jim Justice, Chief of Staff to the First Lady Vicki Shannon, Special Assistant to the First Lady Katie Morris, Special Liaison to First Lady Justice Serena Nichols, and other staff members.

Those who submitted punch recipes that were selected as finalists, have each won a $50 Visa gift card and have been awarded a participation certificate.

All of the finalist punch recipes will soon be made available on the West Virginia Birthday Punch Contest webpage.

Finalists listed alphabetically by punch name below:

–Apple Orchard Punch from Craig Turk, Westover

–Peggy Erwin’s Punch from Deloris Harless, St. Albans, WV

— Wild and Wonderful Frozen Banana Punch from Janet Perry Sheldon, St. Albans.