Are you ready to loaf?

I think I’ve finally finished the digestion process from last year’s third annual Loaf Off, where as a judge, I sampled an alarmingly large number of meatloaves.

It’s almost time to loaf again, and I’m surprised by how many people have asked about entering. Surprised — and a little scared. I’m judging again this year, along with my former colleague Joe Stumpe and my current colleague, Carrie Rengers. My stomach hurts just thinking about it.

This year’s Loaf Off is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at The Anchor, 1109 E. Douglas. Spectators are allowed to attend, observe and sample right along with us. Admission for spectator tasters is $10 for adults and $5 for kids ages 5 to 12. The Anchor will offer side dishes as well.

Follow this link if you want to enter the contest. There’s a $25 entry fee, and you have to prepare two 2-pound loaves.