Every August the smell of fried apple pies catches the attention of local residents in need of a sweet summer treat. A pie-selling fundraiser to get Lincoln County in the spirit for next month’s Apple Festival, kicks off Monday and will wrap up on Friday.
The county Cooperative Extension group and the Extension Community Association (ECA) have been making the $2 pastries for the sale every summer since 1974, Extension Agent Melinda Houser told the Times-News last week. The pies are the largest fundraiser of the year for the groups, Houser said.
Whipping up pies in the kitchen of the Citizen’s Center is just one facet of the five-day sale. The troupes will start prepping the dough today and will prepare the apples for baking throughout this week. The proceeds from the event will be divvied up among various organizations in the county, such as the Red Cross and Lincoln County Coalition Against Child Abuse, while also going toward four scholarships for local high school students, Houser said.
The $1,000-scholarships will be given to students from each public high school in the county, who will be selected next year.
Houser anticipates a strong turnout this week, as she has seen in previous years, she said, and hopes to beat last year 2,000 pies sold.
Patrons may begin ordering pies starting at 9 a.m. Monday, with walk-ins OK starting at 1 p.m.; walk-ins will be accepted at 10 a.m. each day for the rest of the week. The walk-in limit is five pies per person. Those wishing to make larger orders should call ahead.
For more information on the fried apple pie sale, call (704) 736-8464.