Dry your eyes, there will be pie

Oct 05, 2017

Belfast — Everyone loves pie … especially the Belfast Parks and Recreation Department. When they discovered that the annual Waldo County Pie & Story Festival was no longer happening, they stepped in to change that.

The department contacted Jennifer Armstrong, mainstay of the festival, and encouraged her to continue the popular family baking and eating festival, offering support. Armstrong could not resist.

“It’s pretty hard to say no to pie,” she said,  “so I am asking for you all to come join us once again Sunday, Oct. 15, when the 2017 Waldo County Pie & Story Festival and pie baking contest will come back to the Belfast Boathouse for the 15th time!”

Folk musician and renowned storyteller Armstrong, plus a few friends, will present the familiar, but charming family program that includes an afternoon of music, stories, pie and plenty of family fun for all.

The festival will run from 1 to 4 p.m., with free music and stories for the whole family. Halfway through, there will be slices of pie available for a dollar each. Each slice comes with a ballot to vote, or not.

Anyone may enter a pie for prizes. All types of pies are welcome: sweet or savory, pizza or whoopee, as long as they are pies and homemade. Because of allergies, a complete list of ingredients should accompany all pies.

“And it sure wouldn’t hurt anyone’s feelings if you brought more than one pie,” said Armstrong.

General pie voting will include four categories: Best Pie Ever; Most Beautiful Pie; Most Unusual Pie; and Yummy Mess. Special prizes and awards will also be given for best local ingredient pie — grown, gathered or caught. Winners in the four major categories will be heaped high with praises and handed a few pretty good prizes.

After an opening song, or two, the festival will start with a lively and competitive whole-pie auction to allow folks to walk away with a whole pie.

Those who wish to enter pies should bring them at noon. For more information on how to enter pies or to help with the event, call Armstrong at 322-2265 or visit the fest’s Facebook page.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

 

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