There are 12 different cooking contests that are part of the 2009 NC State Fair. Of the 12, the biggest cash prize is for the casserole cooking competition. House of Autry has put up $250 for first place.
The Fleischman Yeast Bake for the Cure Baking Contest offers a $150 prize for first place. But the winner here goes on to compete in the southern US for a top prize of $1,000.
You can check out all the competitions and the rules online at the State Fair cooking competitions website.