A plethora of pies

An hour prior to feeding 600 people, Geraldine Church, Elva Richman and Arlene Bartholomew were working feverishly in the Fillmore Utah Stake center kitchen to put finishing touches to a banquet meal that would include roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, hot rolls, salad and pie - a veritable feast.

Practically every inch of two large tables was covered with 90 pies that would provide dessert for diners at the stake center and across the street at Millard High School. Knives were brought forth, and the pies were sliced into six or eight pieces, depending upon their size.Flavors included rhubarb, pumpkin, peach, apple, cherry, mincemeat, lemon meringue, blueberry, boysenberry and more. The pies were made throughout the county, and for good measure the women baked an extra 27 in the local hospital kitchen the previous evening for "insurance."

Sister Church, a member of the Fillmore 3rd Ward, has supervised food service at the hospital for 20 years, but has never seen this many pies baked and served at one time. "I've still got filling and crust at the hospital, just in case," she said, laughing.

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