While National Pie Day is being celebrated across the country today, Lincoln County will observe the holiday Tuesday, marking its 14th year of doing so.
Members of the Extension and Community Association (ECA), a group of volunteers for the N.C. Cooperative Extension, will be baking more than 30 different pies for the public to sample at no charge.
Lucille Johnson, who serves as chair of the event, said roughly 30 participants countywide will bake a variety of pies, including savory pies, sweet pies and quiche.
â€œItâ€™s a fun day,â€ she noted, adding that it provides a good opportunity to meet different people.
Johnson plans to bake a tomato pie, a candy-bar pie and a double-banana-cream pie. ECA members Bea McCurry and Joyce Peeler also have in mind what they plan to contribute to the celebration. McCurry said she will be baking an apple-berry pie and a cream cheese and pineapple pie, while Peeler will make a pumpkin-yogurt pie and a sweet chocolate pie.
Those who like what they taste will be able to purchase a recipe booklet for $3, which will include all the recipes for the pies being sampled.
The event, which Johnson said serves as a public-relations tool for the ECA, begins at noon at the Citizens Center in downtown Lincolnton and runs until the last piece of pie is gone. Johnson added that people eager to taste the homemade treats typically line up outside the door long before noon.
They will also be serving coffee, tea and water and providing a place for fellowship.
The event, said Johnson, is not a fundraiser, but rather it is a means of thanking members of the community for their support of the ECA.