Wrangler Tim Navarre wins a cruise for two at Soldotna Chamber annual pie auction.
While prices for a gallon of gasoline continue to fall at the pump, prices for a pie in Soldotna have reached another all time high, at least at the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce Pie Auction. Now in its twelfth year the Pie Auction has become the only major fund raiser for the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce. In the beginning pies would sell for from fifty to several hundred dollars a pie. At Friday night’s auction most bids started at $500 and quickly went into the thousands of dollars. “When I tell folks in Oregon that I sell pies for $10,000 to $15,000 in Soldotna they think I’m pulling their legs,” says Auctioneer Norm Blakeley. Over the years auction themes have ranged from Monopoly to Vegas and Hawaiian dress nights, but this year’s “Western” theme happily brought out guests in their best cowboy boots, hats, and Indian outfits.
Gun Glaves heists the next pie as Carlisle the Kid and Bandido Blakeley get chamber of commerce members to stand and deliver at 12th annual pie auction in Soldotna.
This year fifty pies were auctioned off by “Bandido Blakely.” The So Hi Junior Class joined the Chamber staff by volunteering to work for the night. They baked their own pie to be auctioned and received over $2000 for their services, according to Robyn Pocahontas Sullens, project coordinator for the Soldotna Chamber. “Close to $4000 was donated to the Vera Horwath scholarship fund which has paid out over $90,000 to date,” said Sullens. The Horwath memorial pie this year was baked by Laurie Weimer. “Vera was a beloved charter member of the Chamber and was best known for her positive attitude and go get ‘em approach to life and the scholarship that we give in her honor is aimed at students that have shown an amazing ability to overcome hardships and who are excellent members of the community and academics actually come second in this scholarship. We have had some excellent recipients in the past and we are getting close to having this fund guaranteed into perpetuity so that it will be an endowment, and it’s been made possible by devotion this community has shown for its students and getting together like this and emptying their pockets for these scholarships,” said Weimer. Laurie baked the special memorial Key Lime pie this year which was baked in an imported Polish Pottery pie dish. The winning bidder this year was Tanya Boedeker, “I just love donating to this fund, Vera was a wonderful lady who loved to bake and this Key Lime pie looks like it’ll be worth every cent,” said Boedeker.
Mary Kay Grenier takes People's Choice Best Pie in Town award at Soldotna Chamber annual pie auction.
There was also entertainment for all provided by the Triumvirate Theatre and the Kenai Swinging Golden Girls to make the night complete. “We totally appreciate every one who contributed and helped to make this night such a great success. So many people donated their time by either baking a pie, donating items or service, or helping to decorate,” said Soldotna Chamber executive director Michelle Glaves.
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