Pie-eating contest to feed Shepherd’s House need

Staff Report

June 22, 2014

Participants in the upcoming Fourth of July pie-eating contest in Mount Airy will vie for trophies and bragging rights, while also aiding a local homeless shelter.

This is the second year of the Pie Eating Contest for Charity, which raised about $1,500 in 2013. For the next event on July 4, the beneficiary will be the Shepherd’s House.

“To see people of all ages putting their faces into pies is sure to bring laughs and smiles,” said Jason Pike, who chairs the board of directors for the Shepherd’s House. The 2013 event drew participants from 2 to 92 years of age along with a crowd of spectators.

This year’s contest, with a tentative start time of 1 p.m., will be held at a yet-unnamed location after an annual Independence Day parade through the downtown area.

Registration for the event is already under way at the Miss Angel’s pie business at 153 N. Main St., the contest sponsor.

It includes three age divisions — 2 to 5, 6 to 12 and 13 and older. Those in the youngest division will eat a turnover of their choice and be allowed to use their hands. In the 6 to 12 age group, contestants will eat a 5-inch mini-pie hands-free. Those in the top age group will devour full-sized 9-inch deep-dish pies of their choosing hands-free.

Trophies are to be awarded for first, second and third place in each division, as well as participation medals for all the children and gift certificates for every adult involved.

The contestants will include Shepherd’s House officials, such as Executive Director Phil Goble Jr., and several members of its governing board.

The entry fees are $2.50 for the 2 to 5 age group; $5 for the 6 to 12 age group; and $15 for the teens and up segment. Upon registration, each contestant will select what type of pie to consume.

Persons not wishing to actively participate can sponsor a contestant, with more information available at (336) 786-1420.