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Free pie available Tuesday

Free pie comes to Lincolnton Tuesday afternoon, but if you want to eat, you better line up early.
“If you feed them, they will come,” said Lucille Johnson, president of the Northbrook Two Extension Community Association and an event organizer.
The National Pie Day celebration takes place Tuesday at noon at the James W. Warren Citizens Center in Lincolnton.
The event is organized by Lincoln County ECA members. These members also bring a variety of pie.
“There’s savory, there’s sweet, there’s ones that make a whole meal,” said Johnson.
A $3 recipe book will be on sale for those hoping for more than just a small piece of the pie. Like Pie Day itself, variety is key.
“Coconut pies, Key lime pies…” said ECA member Judy Sackett going through the book. “An onion pie! Now that’s something different!”
The event serves as a public relations tool for the ECA groups. Those who attend will have an opportunity to sign up for the ECA and make donations.
Also important, the day serves as a time to promote the importance of pie.
“It brings the family together – the smell of the pie cooking, the comfort aspect,” Francis Hopkins with the Boger City ECA.
The women lament the lack of pie making in younger generations. Sure, pies can be bought at stores, they say, but it’s not the same.
“They can buy them, but they don’t taste as good,” Hopkins said.
While fewer and fewer people are bothering to bake homemade pies, there’s no fear it’s a dying tradition.
“I think it’s in our DNA to make pie,” Johnson said.
Those who aren’t convinced about the importance of pie can come to Pie Day and see for themselves.
“It’s fun,” Sackett said. “It brings the community together.”
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Want to go?
The National Pie Day celebration will be held Tuesday, Jan. 23 at the James W. Warren Citizens Center in downtown Lincolnton. Doors open at noon.
by Sarah Grano

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