Ninth annual Waldo County pie contest open to all bakers

Posted Sept. 12, 2011, at 1:05 p.m.

BELFAST — Everyone loves pie. But if you really love pie and believe it can lead to good things, plan to attend the Waldo County Pie and Story Festival 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, at the Belfast Boathouse at the waterfront park.

Musician and storyteller Jennifer Armstrong will present a family program that includes Susan Reed, a folk musician, singer, storyteller and classical violinist, from the Boston area. Reed’s most recent CD for children, “Lion In The Sky,” recently won a Creative Child Magazine CD of the Year Award.

Also in the lineup will be Jacob Fricke, Belfast’s poet laureate, and music by the Hatfield Family.

The festival starts with free music and stories for the whole family but halfway through, slices of pie will be available for $1 each. Each slice comes with a ballot to vote, or not. Coffee, tea and spring water will be available, donated by The Belfast Co-op.

Anyone may enter a pie for prizes. All types of pies are welcome — sweet or savory, as long as they are homemade. Because some pie eaters may have food allergies, a complete list of ingredients should accompany all pies.

General pie voting will include these categories: Best Pie Ever, Most Beautiful Pie, Most Unusual Pie and Yummy Mess. Special prizes and awards will 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 prizes.

After the opening song, the festival will start with a lively and competitive whole-pie auction with auctioneer Rosie Gerry.

Bring pies at noon on the day of the event. For more information on how to enter pies or to help with the event, visit Facebook, Waldo County Pie and Story Festival or call Susan at 338-6140 or Jennifer at 338-6616.

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