Shop celebrates with pie-eating contest

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More information Pie-eating contest will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Steven’s Garden & Grill, 223 Depot St. To enter, call Delilah McMasters at (817) 637-6179. Free.

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Delilah McMasters plans to celebrate the third anniversary of her business with pie -- a lot of pie.

The owner of Main Street children’s boutique Ruffled Rebelles, along with Mindy Lu’s Pies, is hosting a fried pie-eating contest at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Steven’s Garden & Grill, and she’s looking for people to step up and devour some desserts.

“We eat a lot of pie,” McMasters said. “People bring me a lot of pie. I think this is going to be fun.”

“It’s free to enter, first come, first served,” she said. “The contest will be timed, 1 1/2 minutes. We will have three sets of five people.”

The three people who eat the most will receive twice as many pies as they eat, plus a gift card to Ruffled Rebelles. And everyone who enters will get t-shirt.

Mindy Lu Ellis, namesake for the South Arlington pie company and co-owner, has been waiting for years to see a pie-eating contest with her family’s fried pies.

“I’ve never seen it done and we’ve been making them for 40 years,” Ellis said. “I can’t wait to go and see it. You can pick one up and put the whole thing in your mouth.”

Ellis doesn’t actually know how many fried pies a person could eat in a minute and a half, but she can guess.

“My husband has a friend that comes in who can eat six in 15 minutes,” she said. “I would think you could eat a fried pie in 15 seconds.”

Mindy Lu’s makes 10 flavors of fried pies -- apple, cherry, apricot, chocolate, coconut, peach, lemon, pineapple, very berry and strawberry cheesecake -- and the contestants will get to choose the flavors they eat, McMasters says.

Mindy Lu’s will also be selling pies, for those who don’t want to compete, and the Pickle Queens and a face painter will also be on hand. Scott & Steve will be performing after the contest.

So what does a children’s shop have to do with pie?

“Really, my shop is not about kids, it’s about their mamas,” McMasters said.

Amanda Rogers, 817-473-4451

Twitter: @AmandaRogersNM

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