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CHEROKEE VILLAGE, Ark. – You’re likely to hear about or see different slices of pie what feels like 3.14 million times today. That’s because of National Pi Day and the internet’s propensity for tasty memes. But a local event that is happening in April will give you a chance to get your hands on those tasty pies!
The inaugural Arkansas Pie Festival coming this April will savor this much-loved food by hosting a competition between 20 professional pie makers from around the state in Cherokee Village. Judges and attendees will be able to sample pies of all varieties before crowning a champion baker. Pies from amateur and student bakers will also be on display and auctioned off for charity.
In celebration of Pi Day, The Arkansas Pie Festival announced Thursday festival proceeds will support STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) programming and education through the community’s Spring River Innovation Hub.
The Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub will also be joining in the fun by bringing their new mobile makerspace unit, The STEAM Roller, to the Cherokee Village Town Center. The outfitted trailer includes tools like laser cutters, 3D printers, CNC Routers etc. to provide hands-on learning opportunities for festival goers of all ages.
A full schedule of events and special guests is posted online at ArkansasPieFestival.com. In addition to pie tasting, festival-goers will enjoy live entertainment, food trucks, pie eating and throwing contests, shopping at the Arkansas Pie Pop-up Shop and the opportunity to meet Miss Arkansas 2018 Claudia Raffo.
Commercial bakers, home chefs and youth bakers can now register for the event online. Tickets are now available for purchase online at arkansaspiefestival.com and will soon be available for purchase at select local area businesses, a press release said.