Peace, joy and a pumpkin pie in the face

Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Celeste Cannon, co-owner of Charlotte's Restaurant, searches for food-fighters who have yet to be hit during a women versus men match in the restaurant parking lot Tuesday December 25, 2012 in Kenai, Alaska.

Shelby Gray had potatoes and pumpkin pie clumped in her hair, two minutes into the game.


The 21-year-old from Kenai did not stick around for the fight and instead screamed, ran and hid behind a snowbank and a stack of pallets in the Charlotte’s restaurant parking lot in Kenai.

Gray and about 15 other people stood in the restaurant parking lot watching a food fight unfold after a day of Christmas celebration Tuesday in Kenai.

At 4:30 p.m., just as the sun was setting on the horizon, 10 people filed out of the restaurant wearing black plastic bags and carrying aluminum pie pans; each filled with pumpkin pie or mashed potatoes.

The teams split into two, men versus women, and after a few seconds of eyeing each other, the game began.

Celeste Cannon, co-owner of Charlotte’s, stayed in front of the pack for most of the game, laughing and chasing people who had escaped being hit by flying food.

“I was scared for the first pie, but as soon as the first pie hit me, it was on,” Cannon said. “It was going to get dirty either way and I was ready for it.”

Her son, Tyler Cannon, 19, was less enthused than his mother for the fight, but thought the boys team had clearly won the war.

“Hands down,” he said.

The boys had a strategy, go for the face. The women did not have a strategy, but as the group gathered in the restaurant after; the women argued they had clearly won because a woman was the ‘last one standing.’

Ericka Reynolds, 18, said the whole concept was fun.

“It was just exciting to throw food at each other,” she said. “Like when you were a little kid and you threw food at each other at school.”