Mmmm..A Piece of Pie at the Fair
People go to the Lincoln County Fair for numerous reasons. There are those individuals who enjoy ambling around seeing all the picture perfect vegetables and lovely flowers. There are those who go mainly for the livestock and to get their bid in during the auction. There are some who are content to sit in the shade and visit with friends and neighbors. Of course some are not really interested in the booths and exhibits at all but prefer going to the Bull Thing on Saturday evening. No matter what category you might be in, I suspect that you enjoy at least one piece of pie. The other day a woman told me about her husband and his cronies who like to brag about how many pieces they eat each year during the fair. Needless to say there are lots of pies to choose from. Bunny Franklin who is one of the top bakers for Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church's food booth said she makes over a hundred pies herself for the fair but knows that there are a lot more contributed by the fifteen to twenty others who bake for the three day event. Cherry, strawberry, rhubarb, apple crumble, sour cream apple, pecan, lemon meringue, peach, pumpkin and bumble-berry are just some - yes, only some - of the hundreds of pies that will be available at the fair. Thus the need to stop by the Catholic Church's booth more than once because the types of pie they are serving at any one time changes. Bunny said the pie sales are the biggest fundraiser for the year at her church. The annual proceeds from Our Lady of Mercy food booth at the Lincoln County Fair supports youth groups and individuals in need. I don't think I have to encourage you to stop by for a piece and maybe even get it a la mode if you have ever been to the county fair before, but if you are new to the event, you might just want to give this particular booth a try.
About the Author: Rita Collins. I am a believer in the power of community and for now I call the Tobacco Valley home. I have lived in nine states and three counties and this community here amazes me - how people reach out to neighbors and even travelers. I've never lived in a place that demonstrates people caring for each other so well. And I've never lived in a place that has such a high percentage of talented musicians and artists. I work with the the Sunburst Community Service Foundation, a nonprofit that began in Eureka twenty years ago and now serves numerous communities in western Montana. And I just started a new business, St. Rita's Amazing Traveling Bookstore and Textual Apothecary. I never could have imagined life being this exciting in my sixth decade.