Arkansas Pie Festival coming to Cherokee Village

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

There will be no shortage of things to do in the Spring River area April 20, but if you’re looking for a day of food and fun, and something new, the first ever Arkansas Pie Festival will be held in Cherokee Village at Town Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

According to Graycen Bigger, the one day event will feature pies from 20 professional bakers, but there will also be a category for those who have great recipes, but do not sell commercially.

“There will be a lot going on that day. Tickets are $9 before the festival for adults and $12 at the door. Children’s tickets are $5. Tickets are available at area banks, King Rhodes and Associates or can be purchased online at www.arkansaspiefestival.com,” Bigger said. “For the non commercial category you have to bring two pies, one for the judges and one to auction off and it’s $15 but comes with two tickets so it saves you money on entry.”

Throughout the day, there will be live music, and for a small fee, those who attend can purchase a pie tin and will be able to sample the different pies at the festival. Additionally, each person who attends will be given a token to be used to vote for the people’s choice award.

“Arkansas didn’t have a pie festival until now and everybody loves pie. It brings families together and is something everyone loves and has nostalgic memories for,” Bigger said. “It seemed like a natural fit and we saw there wasn’t one in the state and this was a great opportunity and it supports a great cause with the Innovation Hub and STEM programming in our area and making sure we’re building those opportunities for our youth as well.”

Although events will be taking place at the festival all throughout the day, Bigger said this year’s event will offer a pie eating contest at 1 p.m., and a pie throwing contest at 2 p.m.

For more information and the full schedule of events, go to www.arkansaspiefestival.com.

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