Free pie comes to Lincolnton Tuesday afternoon, but if you want to eat, you better line up early.
â€œIf you feed them, they will come,â€ 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.
â€œThereâ€™s savory, thereâ€™s sweet, thereâ€™s ones that make a whole meal,â€ 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.
â€œCoconut pies, Key lime piesâ€¦â€ said ECA member Judy Sackett going through the book. â€œAn onion pie! Now thatâ€™s something different!â€
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.
â€œIt brings the family together â€“ the smell of the pie cooking, the comfort aspect,â€ 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 itâ€™s not the same.
â€œThey can buy them, but they donâ€™t taste as good,â€ Hopkins said.
While fewer and fewer people are bothering to bake homemade pies, thereâ€™s no fear itâ€™s a dying tradition.
â€œI think itâ€™s in our DNA to make pie,â€ Johnson said.
Those who arenâ€™t convinced about the importance of pie can come to Pie Day and see for themselves.
â€œItâ€™s fun,â€ Sackett said. â€œIt brings the community together.â€
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