Wayne Ramsay would love to dig into Gwen Smith’s sought-after cherry pie during this weekend’s Plympton-Wyoming Fall Fair.
But the president of the agricultural society knows it will be a hot commodity at the annual pie auction Friday night – one of the highlights of the 169th Annual Fair.
The auction, which raises money for equipment at Charlotte Eleanor Englehart Hospital, draws a big crowd and raises big dollars. And lots of people have an eye on Smith’s cherry pie.
“People seem to really go wild on it,” says Ramsay. One pie has sold for as much as $1,200. But is it worth it?
“I haven’t spent $1,200 for a pie, but I’ve had her cooking and yeah, it’s good.”
The pie auction is just one of the events on tap. The popular Wyoming’s Got Talent is back with a junior and adult division on Saturday. There is a barn dance with Scott Manery and the Barn Burners Saturday – tickets are available at the door. And Sunday brings the wrestlers to the stage.
But Ramsay says it is still the agricultural events which play a key role in the fair. And he says it is important to share what farmers do with others. “The main objective of the fair is to show the city people what rural life is all about…(because) they may have never been at the farm before.”
And for the people of Plympton-Wyoming, fair time is a time to catch up with old friends. “A lot of the families and children that moved away and had children, they come home for the fair…you renew old acquaintances; then you continue on and run into someone else you know.”
The fair opens Friday night.