Quest for best pumpkin pie in Arlington

  • Thu Oct 29th, 2009 9:58pm
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By Gale Fiege Herald Writer

ARLINGTON — Do you bake a mean pumpkin pie?

A highlight of Arlington’s Hometown Halloween festival on Saturday is the pumpkin pie contest to be judged by Mayor Margaret Larson, school Superintendent Kris McDuffy and award-winning baker and local teacher Teri Bravomejia.

Bakers who want to be known as among the best in town are asked to bring their homemade pies to Legion Park along Olympic Avenue in downtown sometime between 11 a.m. and noon, when the judging begins.

Sponsored by the Downtown Arlington Business Association, the pie contest is open to all ages. Prizes from local merchants are to be awarded at 1 p.m.

After the contest, pie can be purchased by festival-goers for $1 a slice, with all donations going to the Arlington food bank, said contest chairman Chris Bateham.

“Dust off your cookware and bake your favorite pumpkin pie recipe,” Bateham said. “It’s that time of year.”

  • If you don’t want to bake pumpkin, but can carve or decorate your squash, Arlington Hardware is welcoming entries in its annual carving contest, set for 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the store on Olympic Avenue. Entries should be delivered before 10 a.m. Prizes for all entries are planned, with a grand prize of a new bicycle going to the top pumpkin artist.

    Kids in costume are welcome to play a trick or get a treat from noon to 1 p.m. at businesses along the downtown street. A costume contest follows at 1 p.m. at the Legion Park gazebo. Coordinated by Arlington Arts Council, the contest features prizes of certificates to the Local Scoop Cafe.

    The Great Pumpkin Roll returns this year to the Halloween festival thanks to Lifeway Church, whose members volunteered to run the event. Bring your lucky pumpkin to the First Street hill, off of Olympic Avenue, at 1:30 p.m. Pumpkins will be rolled down the hill starting at 2 p.m. Prizes are to be awarded.

    Then, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. trick-or-treat activities continue at the Olympic Place Retirement Facility, 20909 Olympic Place.

    Gale Fiege: 425-339-3427; gfiege@heraldnet.com.