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7-Foot Apple Pie Star In Nappanee Festival

Last updated on Sunday, September 16, 2012

(NAPPANEE) - A 7-foot apple pie is the star of the show at Nappanee’s Apple Festival.

It's not the kind of project for the faint of heart. You have to get it right the first time because there are no do-overs.

FOX59 reports, a lot of care and planning has to go into it to make it turn out just right.

"Well let's start with the dough, its takes 100 pounds of pie dough, and it takes approximately 19 bushels of apples," said Mim Hartsman, pie maker. "And then the pan weighs 200 pounds, so we have about a 600-pound pie by the time its ready to go into the oven."

As always, it's the focal point of the family friendly festival.
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"Everybody that is new to Nappanee comes in and that the first thing that they ask is about the pie, where it's done, and how it's done and how many people, how long, the questions are never ending when it comes, to the pie, that's for sure," said Dustin Geyer, festival organizer.

Not everybody has the privilege of seeing this in their lifetime.

For those who take part in the effort year after year, it is indeed a labor of love, plus there are some bragging rights. How many people can say they helped make the largest apple pie, in the state of Indiana?

"I mean it's not every day you hear about somebody making a 7-foot apple pie, and the fact that you can have your name attached to it, that's awesome," said Ed Ernstes.

In this project, it is definitely the more the merrier.

"I have never had a day of too many cooks here helping. A lot of helping hands and willing hands make it a light and fun day."

Bakers pulled the pie out of the oven late Friday night. If you'd like to grab a slice, head on up to Nappanee. The festival runs through Sunday.

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