Variety may be the spice of life but it can’t compete with blueberry.
The pie that took home first place at this year’s Antique Faire and Berry Festival in Boalsburg also added a dash of raspberry and strawberry for good measure.
Lauren Sonsteby was announced as the winner of the contest on Saturday, but by Sunday the second and third place entries had been demolished by festivalgoers milling about tents of antiquities outside of the Boal Mansion Museum.
Jordan Muzzy, a visitor from Michigan, baked the pie that filled No. 3 spot, a strawberry/raspberry/lemon mint concoction (with some blueberries for flavor).
I have one of these framed at home.
Muzzy, who has a relative on the mansion’s board, volunteered at the festival all weekend.
“Yesterday was very quiet. Friday it rained,” Muzzy said.
Inside one of the tents nearby, Peter Byers tried to move items from his collection of old tools and maps.
Cobbler’s pliers, broad axes and even an old pair of snowshoes (the kind that make it look like you’re wearing tennis rackets) were all fair game for history-lovers with some coin to spare.
Byers and his merchandise can typically be found every Wednesday at the flea market in Reedsville.
He was like ‘that’s totally worth every ounce of time I spent here.’
His maps span the decades, including an atlas of Huntingdon County, where his great-great-grandfather used to make guns.
“I have one of these framed at home,” Byers said.
Farther down the path, Timothy Klock and Bobby Gummo had some of their chainsaw sculptures on display, including a few they had carved for a live audience at various points throughout the weekend.
One man watched for nearly an hour as Klock carved a bench from some catalpa wood that had blown over during a storm.
“He was like ‘that’s totally worth every ounce of time I spent here,’ ” Klock said.