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Pie contest sifts out cream of the crop

Twenty-one pies, across four categories, were entered in the 8th annual John Michael Lerma Pie Baking Contest and Auction at Beagle Books between 9 a.m. and noon Friday, July 4.

Each pie entry required a $5 entry fee. Pie judges included Tom Geraedts, Brad Schultz, and author Jeanne Cooney. Bob Wills and Megan Geraedts were on hand as “go-fers.” The judging was held in the dining room of 3rd Street Market.

Following eight seconds of silence in honor of John Michael Lerma, the auction for the pies (minus one slice!) was held at 3:30 on the stage in front of Pioneer Park on Main Street, thanks to the Park Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce. Pies sold for anywhere from $20 - $100 ($100 for the Coconut Macaroon Pie by Cheryl Gordon and the buyer was not related to Cheryl).

Between the pie entry money and the pie auction money, more than $1,000 was collected and donated to the Park Rapids Area Library.

Below is a list of this year’s winners and their winning pies:

Juvenile Division

2nd place – Dirt Pie by Naomi Knaack

1st place – Strawberry Pie by Naomi Knaack

Double Crust

2nd place – Lemon/Raspberry Shaker Pie by Corissa Kolesar

1st place – Country Peach by Mark Bridge


2nd place – Strawberry Chiffon by Olivia Wallace

1st place – Macademia Key Lime by Sue Keller

Single Crust

2nd place – Creamy Peanut Butter Pie by Wolfgang Wills

1st place – Coconut Macaroon Pie by Cheryl Gordon

Best in Show

Macademia Key Lime by Sue Keller

The contest raised $1,000 for the Park Rapids Library.