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Apple pie ladies are at it again

Volunteers fill apple pies for frying at the Cooperative Extension’s annual fried apple pie sale on Thursday.

Volunteers fill apple pies for frying at the Cooperative Extension’s annual fried apple pie sale on Thursday.

Cooperative Extension to host fried apple pie sale

ANNIE BLACKBURN
Staff Writer

The sweet smell of simpler times and a tease of fall floated through the hallways of the county offices as staff and volunteers for the Lincoln County Cooperative Extension took over the Demonstration Kitchen in the James Warren Citizens Center and fried up some of state’s best apple pies.
Made from scratch and filled with local Lincoln County apples, the annual apple pie sale is a heralding precursor to the county’s annual Apple Festival, this year taking place on Sept. 20.
Bea McCurry worked the multiple fryers and has been participating in the fried apple pie sale for eight years. Lucille Johnson, a volunteer that was busy washing dishes, has been working the event since it began in 1971.
“We’ve had a good turnout,” McCurry said.
As of Thursday at 1:30 p.m. over 800 pies had been sold and, according to the busy ladies, it was not uncommon for people to come in and order hundreds at a time. The pies are selling for $3 apiece and, in the week running up to the Apple Festival, the same dedicated group of women will be back in the kitchen, making whole pies for sale at $8 apiece.
The money from the event goes to benefit Christian Ministries, various scholarships and local non-profits like Lincoln County Coalition Against Child Abuse.
“A lot of people don’t realize what we do the pies for,” McCurry said. “The money spreads back out into the community.”
Everything for the pies is done in-house, from peeling and drying the apples, to making the pastry. The pie sale will continue today from 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

Image courtesy of Jaclyn Anthony / Lincoln Times-News

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