Around $25,000 was raised by the Delaware County Pork Producers on Saturday night.
The group held their annual “Bake It With Lard” Pie Contest and Auction at the Delaware County Fairgrounds Pavilion in Manchester.
A total of 66 pies were entered in this year’s contest, which was judged by Father Dennis Quint and Karen Ries. The contest required all pies to be two-crust, with lard used in the crust. The 1st place winning pie was Doris McAllister’s caramel pecan pie, which was auctioned off to Ken Ries/Ries Ag Marketing for $1,000. Dianne Reth’s Amana German fruit pie placed second and was purchased by Nick Eike for $325. Doris McAllister also took 3rd place with her caramel apple pie, bought by Simon’s Grain & Feed/Al Monaghan for $925. The pie that brought in the most money for the night was Rosemary Krogmann’s 4th place apple pie, which Custom Precast purchased for $1,100. Nancy Appleton won 5th place with her peach pie, which was auctioned off to Craig Schulte Construction for $400. And Jennifer Zumbach’s 6th place pear-raspberry pie was bought by Wulfekuhle Electric for $550. The majority of the 66 pies auctioned off by local auctioneer Mike Loecke brought in well over $200 each.
The Pork Producers also crowned new little royalty. Eleanor Linderwell, daughter of Austin and Jessica, was crowned Little Miss Pigtails. Alternate Little Miss Pigtails is Ivy Schulte and Little Sir Hamalot is Ari Schulte, the daughter and son of Wes and Jamie Schulte. They join current royalty – Delaware County Pork Queen Olivia Mensen and Delaware County Pork Princesses Ella Cole and Maddy Kann.
And Mary Clemen and Sharon Koopmann received their District Bell Ringer awards from the Iowa Pork Producers Association for 2022 and 2021.
photos courtesy of Janelle Tucker/KMCH; bottom photo contributed