Pie money goes 'back to the fairgrounds'

Madeline Roche • Aug 16, 2018 at 2:00 AM

Twenty-three pies sold for just under $4,000 Tuesday evening.

While the judges were making a decision on the next Huron County Junior Fair Queen, a pie auction was held Tuesday night by the Wade family. Politicians, local businesses and families bid to contribute to the fairgrounds.

Before the auction started the audience was told, “Any money that we take in goes directly back to the fairgrounds. We’ve done a lot of improvements.”

The senior fair board helps pick what projects need done. Last year, improvements were made to the lights in the infield at the grandstand. 

Jan Wade, the daughter of the founder of the group in charge of the pie auction still is very involved. She also baked three pies for the auction this year. She said the pie action “went really well.”

“We were very pleased,” Wade said. 

The highest bidding pies were a peach pie, made my Linda Linder, which sold to Smiley Automotive for $330 and a black raspberry pie, made by Wade, which sold to Rader’s Old Fasion Ice Cream for $280. 

The first pie to be auctioned was a Bumbleberry pie. It sold for $90 to Zimmerman Brown Cup Farms. The final pie of the auction was an elderberry pie, which sold to a local man for $160. 

In addition to the pies, a painting on a window breaker was sold for $70 and a quilt made by the Cloverbuds, themed “My Grandfather’s Time,” was sold for $350. In total, the auction made about $4250. 

“We couldn’t do it (the pie auction) without all the ladies that bake the pies and all the wonderful support we have from everybody else,” Wade said. 

This was the 12th annual pie auction and Wade said it will continue. 

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