The Arkansas Pie Festival provided bragging rights to many bakers statewide. On its third year, the newest festival is bound to put Cherokee Village on the map as the Pie Capitol of Arkansas. The event brought out 80 bakers. The Best Overall winner and winner of the Golden ticket to compete in The World Food Championship was the Pink House Alchemy Hanna Davis of Bee’s Knees in Fayetteville. The pie was a combination of coconut, lemon and lavender. Overall runner up was the Pocahontas Family and Consumer Sciences with their mixed berry pie. The over 1000 samples from the bakers allowed each person who purchased a sample plate to vote on the People’s Choice Award. This Year’s winner was the Strawberry Cheesecake from Gavins Downtown in Harrisburg. Competitors in the Professional Bakers Category who took home top places was the Community Bakery in Little Rock’s Key Lime Pie, for first place. Second place went to Rymolene’s Pies in Fayetteville with their Strawberry Rhubarb Pie. Third place went to the delicious Lemon Blue-berry Pie from Sweet South Diner and Bakery in Cherry Valley. The Home Chef Category brought out some unique pies and one local win. First place went to Sarah Bryant from Fayetteville with her Sweet Bacon Delight. Darrel Kehrli of Cherokee Village came in second with the Two Crust Cherry pie, followed in third by Hot Springs’ Devon Daniels Key Lime Pie. The Pocahontas Family and Consumer Sciences FAC classes swept the Youth category with their Straw-berry Pie taking first, followed by their Mixed Berry and Apple Surprise rounding out the second and third place slots. The Prettiest Pie went to Teresa Cardin of Pyatt with their Gluten Free Strawberry Lime Pie with Strawberry Caviar. Pie in the Sky Awards are given by judges as honorable mentions. Addison Doney of Imoden’s Pecan Pie, Sarah Bryant of Fayetteville’s Sweet Bacon Delight, Pocahontas FAC’s Mixed Berry Pie as well as Britney Edwards from Ozarka Colleges Into the Woods Berry Pie and Chow at118 in Paragould’s Peach Cherry Pie.