More than 2,000 homemade pies on menu at HASFR tent
Pie Queens Jane White, left, and Monique Frawley, right, smile in their historical dresses in front of the HASFR apple pie sign at the FADF Oct. 5 at Artillery Parade Field. Photo by: Jessica Healey, POST.
Story by: Jessica Healey
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About 16,000 apples were used to make the Historical and Archaeological Society of Fort Riley's famous apple pies that were sold at the Fall Apple Day Festival Oct. 5 at Artillery Parade Field.
Those apples made about 2,100 pies. Pre-sales for the pies were at about 800, and the rest were sold at the festival.
"We have always sold out," said Jane White, co-pie queen, HASFR.
An estimated 1,600 pounds of flour and 360 pounds of butter were used for the pies as well.
It took what seemed to be an Army of volunteers to make so many pies.
About 600 volunteers from Fort Riley and the local community outside the gates contributed toward making the apple pies.
The recipe used for the pies is said to be from Libbie Custer, Gen. George Custer's wife. The couple was stationed at Fort Riley in the late 1860s.
"The recipe is a secret; it's from Libbie Custer, and we can't give it away," White said. "If you want to be pie queen, then you can learn it."
A pie queen also has the opportunity to wear a beautiful historical dress.
"They started making apple pies because there were so many apple trees on Fort Riley, and they didn't know what to do with all the apples. So legend says, Libbie Custer started making apple pies, and she's passed down the recipe over the years," said Monique Frawley, co-pie queen, HASFR.
Funds raised from the sales of apple pies go toward various projects HASFR contributes to at Fort Riley, including the preservation of historical buildings and monuments.