'Battle of the Pies' deadline approaches

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BENNINGTON — A literal slice of history returns this Bennington Battle Day weekend, with the second annual Battle of the Pies. Bakers will have the opportunity to test their pie-making skills and compete for a cash prize, while everyone else will be able to eat apple pie to their hearts' content.

The contest is presented by the Bennington Fire Department and the Daughters of the American Revolution, Ormsby Chapter, with support from the Bennington Regional Chamber of Commerce. The judging takes place at 4 p.m. on Aug. 17 at 423 Main St., next to the Bennington Banner office. The deadline for registering is Aug. 1.

The apple is the official Vermont state fruit, and the apple pie the official state pie. Moreover, the state pie legislation declares that, "When serving apple pie in Vermont, a 'good faith' effort shall be made to meet one or more of the following conditions: (a) with a glass of cold milk, (b) with a slice of cheddar cheese weighing a minimum of 1/2 ounce, (c) with a large scoop of vanilla ice cream."

To register to compete in the baking contest, go to bennington.com/battleday and scroll to the bottom of the page to download a pie entry form. A $5 donation is requested, with all proceeds to benefit the Bennington Fire Department and the Daughters of the American Revolution, Ormsby Chapter. The deadline is Aug. 1.

Bakers may bring their pies to the contest between 3 and 4 p.m., with judging to start promptly at 4. After each pie is judged, pie slices will be available for sale, with your choice of milk, ice cream, or cheddar cheese if you so choose.

During the judging, there will be an opportunity to test your local history knowledge with a trivia quiz, and the chance to win prizes. The Battle of the Pies continues the next day with the pie contest winners marching in the parade if they wish to, and pie slices being sold at that same location from 11 am to 3 pm, or until the pie runs out.

A Bennington Battle History Center will also be set up at the Battle of the Pies during Saturday's event. A number of information stations about the battle will be set up and the assistant director of the Bennington Battlefield David Pitlyk and Battlefield Interpreter Bob Hoar will be on hand to discuss the Battle and answer questions with interested folks.

If you would like additional information or would like to sponsor this event, contact Jonah Spivak at spectrumdesignvt@gmail.com or Mary Crawford at bennfiresec@live.com.

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