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Why Granny Paid $160 for a Pie June 18, 2010

Posted by Wapello Warbler in Louisa County, People, Small Town Life.

The kinds of things Shakespeare called “the slings and arrows of outrageous misfortune” still happen.  When someone we know suffers them we try to help.

Last Sunday I attended a benefit supper for a family that has been swamped by medical bills. Everything was pretty standard until after dinner. That’s when the organizers added a small town twist: a desert auction.

Cakes, pies, brownies, and all manner of goodies were auctioned off to the highest bidder. If you wanted desert you had to bid on it.

And bid we did.

The pies generally brought the highest bids. I arrived too late for the epic battles that marked the start of the auction, but I did see the auctioneer work a Dutch Apple-Caramel pie up to $160 before the bidding ended.

Of course, living in a small town we have real auctioneers overseeing the proceedings. Ours was Emily Wears, a college student from Solon, IA. She was the grand champion auctioneer at last year’s state fair. It was great fun to watch her work as desert after desert added to the help for the family we were there to support.



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