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Visitors to the California Lemon Festival last weekend may have been surprised by its relative lack of lemons.

The two-day jamboree featured mini golf, a classic car show and pony rides. Stage performances included dance and martial arts, as well as jazz, country and even mariachi music.

Perhaps the paucity of citrus-based activities was why the (lemon meringue) pie-eating contest was as hard-fought as it was messy…