Here is your slice!

Becki Horness serves up a slice of pie during the Heritage Days Celebration on Saturday, June 29 at Clatskanie City Park.

It is literally a slice of life during the annual Clatskanie Heritage Days Celebration that began on June 29 at City Park and will wrap up with a traditional Fourth of July city parade on Independence Day.

The Cruiser Car Show and Shine kicked off the event and the celebration included the annual Pie in the Park, with volunteers slicing up dozens of pies baked by locals to be sold as a fundraiser for scholarship programs through PEO, a philanthropic education organization for women.

According to Clatskanie P.E.O member and Columbia County Commissioner Margaret Magruder, PEO came to Clatskanie in 1919 when Chapter T was organized.

“Clatskanie's Chapter T is celebrating our 100th Birthday this year,” she said. “We raise funds to provide scholarships and loans for women to further their education.”

Magruger said there are international, national, state and local awards.

“Our Education Committee identifies women who are eligible for these awards and works with them to apply for the program that fits their needs,” she said. “One of my favorite awards is our Program for Continuing Education. This provides scholarships for women who are returning to education.

Magruder said the local organization has assisted many women in the community to finish their educational goals and pursue careers in teaching, nursing and a variety of other careers.

The Clatskanie Chapter T's primary fundraisers are Pie in the Park and the group’s spring Tulip Sale. Pie in the Park has become a tradition during the Clatskanie Cruiser car show. PEO members make the pies and conduct a pie contest, which is open to entries from the public. There are a variety of categories for both adults and youth.

“Being a pie judge for this event is a coveted role and we sell judgeships at the annual Kiwanis Gala auction,” Magruder said. “ We have a loyal following. Commissioner Henry Heimuller made a special trip to Clatskanie on Saturday just to purchase pie! We have customers that request pie by the baker's name.”

All pies are homemade by Chapter T members and pie contest entrants.

“Thanks to our loyal customers, Pie in the Park was again a success,” Magruder said.

The Pie Contest winners are:

Adult Grand Champion

  • Mary Quick – Coconut Pie

Youth Grand Champion

  • Stella Parker – Unicorn Pie

Adult Fruit Pie

  • April Shetler – Carmel Pie
  • Elva Groskopf – Marionberry
  • Gabrielle Connell – Double Berry

Adult Holiday Specialty Pie

  • Mary Quick - Coconut Cream
  • Megan Evenson – Key Lime
  • Sarah Thorud – Old Fashioned Buttermilk Lemon

Adult Savory Pie

  • Connie Sims - Chicken Pot Pie

Youth Fruit Pie

  • Alex Davis – Marionberry
  • Cora Evenson – Carmel Apple

Youth Holiday Specialty Pie

  • Stella Parker – Unicorn Pie
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