Braham Pie Day is always celebrated on the first Friday in August. In 1990, Governor Rudy Perpich declared Braham the “Homemade Pie Capital of Minnesota.” With over 1,100 pies served in one day, Pie Day is known for everything pie. From the Pie-alluia Chorus to the pie-eating contest, the community fills with the smell and smiles of slices of pastry and filling.
With all the ways Braham celebrates pie, one of the most unique and fun is the Braham Pie Tin Artwork Contest.
Every year Braham’s official Pie Day tins become available at the City Hall for $1 each. The magic begins when artists of all ages pick up their tins and begin creating works of art. The only rule is that each artwork must use at least one Pie Day Pie Tin.
There are three levels of awards. The amateur and professional levels have an age limit of 18 to 99, with a kid’s level having an age range of 0-17.
The cash prize is determined by the number of pie tins sold.
One of the local area artists that participated last year was Linda Cullen Gallagher. Linda’s work was in the professional category in 2018 and was a work called “Peace of Pie.”
Linda said, “I love Braham Pie Day and really wanted to be involved, it’s such a special community event. I also enjoy irony, pie and peace. So I thought a ‘peace of pie’ would be an appropriate theme for my pie art. I actually bought extra pie plates with the hopes of finding inspiration for another piece (peace) of art.”
Whether it’s staying within the pie theme or breaking through the boundaries and seeing all the possibilities of what a pie tin can be, here’s a chance to use that abounding creativity lurking deep inside.
Applications and rules can be picked up at Braham City Hall or call 320-396-4956. Artwork must be turned in by Monday, July 29, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Braham Event Center, and be picked up on Saturday, Aug. 3, from 9-10 a.m. at the same location.
Judging will occur on Wednesday, July 31, and all works of art will be on display through Pie Day, Aug. 2.