CENTERBURG — Perfect September weather drew a big crowd to the Oldtime Farming Festival on Saturday to enjoy the food, exhibits and entertainment.
A lot of those people gathered around the festival stage for the Old-Fashioned Pie Auction, which raises money to support the annual festival. Pies baked by local people, spiced with “extras” to make them more attractive, brought prices ranging from $250 to $1,200 as the auction raised more than $11,000.
The total was down a bit from last year, but festival president Russ Smith said, “The auction was great. In this economy we couldn’t ask for better.”
Bringing the top price of $1,200 was a Dutch apple pie baked and donated by George Blocker of Mount Vernon. Of course, part of the price may have been due to the double horsehead bench he made to go with it.
Blocker said it took him about three weeks to make the bench, working mostly on weekends, and the resulting price made him very happy.
“This is a wonderful festival,” he said.
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