The Pie Contest

This reminder of an old-timer comes from Alice Collins []. She reports, “This an Art Roberts bedtime story from WLS radio back in the ’60s.”

Once upon a time in the hills of Tennessee, there was a pie-making contest. This contest was special, because it was for mothers and sons who competed in teams. The mother-son teams were judged on speed, and each team had a bell to ring when they were through.

The day of the contest came, and the judges watched the proceedings, listening intently for the sound of the first bell. Suddenly a bell did indeed ring out, and one judge asked, “Who rang?” A voice from the crowd of spectaters called out, “Lem and his maw rang.” Ever since then, the pie they made has been known as “Lem and Maw Rang Pie.”

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