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By Rebecca Ridinger
Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

It's going to be a scrumptious evening Aug. 9, as the Ligonier Valley Education Trust and the Ligonier Valley YMCA conduct the 2013 Ligonier Valley Pie Contest at Town Hall. Slices and whole pies will then be sold at The Stroll, which takes place the same day. Winning delectables will be auctioned off starting at 6:30 p.m.

There is no entry fee and pre-registration is encouraged, which runs through Aug. 8. Entry forms can be found at the library, Town Hall and the YMCA.

All proceeds from the pie sales will be used to fund educational programs around the community. In the past, the education trust helped local school technology, activities at the Loyalhanna Watershed Association, programs at the Ligonier Valley Library as well as at the Stahlstown Community Center. The trust also awards yearly grants.

“Anyone is eligible to apply for funding as long as they are nonprofit,” said Arlene Lowry of the education trust. Lowry is also the organizer for the contest.

All are welcome to participate in the contest, individuals as well as businesses, as categories for entries include amateur, professional and children under 12. This year, adjacent communities outside of Ligonier are invited to join. Regarding the decision to include neighboring areas, Lowry said, “It's kind of hard turning someone away with a pie.”

Another aspect slightly different this year is judging.

“In the past, we've always used judges with culinary backgrounds,” Lowry explained. “This year, we decided to use people from the community.”

The appointed judges are Kayla Tamer of the Ligonier Valley Chamber of Commerce, Paul Frye Borough Secretary and Josh Penatzer from Loyalhanna Watershed Associatin. All are looking forward to the contest.

“I'm excited to try new things,” Tamer said of her judging duties. “It's for a really good cause; I'm just hoping I have enough room.”

Contest Judge Penatzer agreed.

“It's great that all proceeds go to keep helping the [educational] programs,” he said. “The Watershed is a recipient of some of those grants.”

Penatzer revealed his tactic for the event.

“Go in with a clean palate and an open mind. It's a free opportunity to have some pie.”

Pies must be baked in disposable pans for clean-up purposes. Pies crusts can be single or double, and entries must be fruit only. Dairy, eggs, pumpkin and alcohol are not permitted as fillings. Multiple entries may be submitted.

Pie sales to the public begin at 5 p.m. in the courtyard of Town Hall. For additional information on rules and entries, contact the chamber at 724-238-4200.

Rebecca Ridinger is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.

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