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Loganberry Festival deemed sweet success by organizers

Pie-eating contestants race to finish their mini-pies during Saturday’s Loganberry Festival at Greenbank Farm. Below, Bryce Freeman, 2, and Ella Hallman-Luhn, 8, feed goats and sheep. - Janis Reid / The Record
Pie-eating contestants race to finish their mini-pies during Saturday’s Loganberry Festival at Greenbank Farm. Below, Bryce Freeman, 2, and Ella Hallman-Luhn, 8, feed goats and sheep.
— image credit: Janis Reid / The Record

It’s really all about the pie.

Mary Murphy, 9, said that while she didn’t win the Loganberry Festival pie-eating contest Saturday afternoon she was still a winner. 

“The award was a pie,” said Murphy, a first-time participant, who traveled from Kent to the event with her family. “Plus it’s fun digging your face into it.”

However, the family took home a champion as Mary Murphy’s sister, six-year-old Claire, won the day’s chalk art contest.

The pie-eating and chalk art contest were just a few of the many events, exhibitions and activities that were featured at this year’s Loganberry Festival at Greenbank Farm July 17-28.

Faith Wilder, Greenbank Farm board chairwoman said there were many new and different aspects to this year’s Loganberry Festival, an event she believes topped previous years in attendance.

Events included falcon demonstrations, a medieval promenade each afternoon and 4-H groups bringing animals for a petting zoo as well as dog agility contests. In addition to adding events, organizers also spread out the activities.

Each year, the festival features a range of food, including the legendary loganberry pie.

Toward the end of Saturday’s events, attendees could wind down to the soulful rock and roll of PETE, fronted by Greenbank Hank, a local legend. The entire band claims to have been born and raised in Greenbank.

All of the activities are particular to the farm and local to Whidbey.

 

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