Pie Festival draws big crowd in spite of rains, celebrates pie

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Young contestant Jack George-Womack, sporting several ribbons from various contests, eyeballs his pie and the canned whipped topping that will go on top just prior to the pie-eating contest for ages 8 and under during the Pie Festival in Pie Town on Sept. 14. George-Womack won the contest for his category. Susann Mikkelson/ El Defensor Chieftain

Rain showers sprinkled the crowds during the pie eating and other contests, but did not hamper the fun at the annual Pie Festival in Pie Town, — at least not until around 2 p.m. when the showers turned to rain. After that, vendors began packing up and the crowd either disbursed or migrated to the pavilion, where the horny toad race ensued.

Laurie Beauchamp of Pie Town was named 2013 Pie Queen. Laurie and her husband, Brad, own Fur and Feather animal rescue south of Pie Town. She is the former chair of the Pie Town Community Council.

Community members Ajo, Michelle Bingham (secretary), Karen Bingham (council member), Megan Bartasevich (first chair), Phyl Fuse, Nita Larronde (council member), Autumn Larronde-Kearney, Debbie Caraway and Cathy Bissey baked almost 300 pies for the festival.

In addition to buying and eating pie, participants had options of Navajo tacos, barbeque beef and other food from various local vendors. They could also purchase a variety of wares, from homemade arts and crafts, to cowboy hats and belts. There was live music throughout the day, including many old western songs and some karaoke.