Thank you, Mr. Frank, for
making our lives so sweet.

Gerry Frank, 1923 - 2022

The Oregon State Fair shares the sadness of all Oregonians upon the passing of Gerry Frank. For 60 years, Gerry judged chocolate cakes baked by thousands of aspiring bakers around the state, leading the Oregon State Fair Gerry Frank Layered Chocolate Cake Contest to become the longest-running contest of its kind. 

The Oregon State Fair extends our boundless gratitude and appreciation to Gerry Frank for his loyal dedication to this beloved contest. Fairgoers long celebrated his amazing cake-tasting fortitude on stage, often cajoling the crowd with charming stories and baking tips while tasting hundreds of pieces of chocolate cake in a single sitting. His contribution to the unique nature of our fair is beyond remarkable and will never be forgotten.

We’re so pleased that we sat down with him in 2020 to hear him reflect on 60 years of chocolate cake. Thank you, Mr. Frank, for making our lives so sweet.

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