What does a hat have in common with a carmel apple pie?
They both were part of a pie auction fund-raising event at the Fredonia Farm Festival that brought in nearly $2,000 for a Fredonia baby girl in need of heart surgery.
Eight-month-old Emalee Fancher, who attended the pie auction Saturday evening with her parents, Randy and Theresa Fancher, underwent surgery last March at Children's Hospital in Buffalo to correct multiple heart defects. Doctors have told the family that Emalee will likely need another operation.
"I'm speechless," Fancher said following the auction. "The time and effort everyone put into this is greatly appreciated. It's good to know that people can still pull together to help others."
While the pies were the main attraction, festival organizers showed a little creativity to goose the final tally, sending auctioneer Sam St. George's hat through the crowd for donations. The hat trick produced $234.
The Fanchers said they intend to donate part of the proceeds to a Dunkirk boy, Ashton Luffred, who will be undergoing intestinal surgery.
Fanny Graham, pie contest chairwoman, called the event a success.
"We had a very good turnout for contestants. It was actually double over what we had last year," she said, noting there were 33 adult and 10 youth contestants.
Adult division pie contest winners were: first place, Elizabeth Booth of Fredonia (carmel apple pie); second place, Virginia DeGolyer of Fredonia (mincemeat); third place, Cindy Schrantz of Dunkirk (blueberry).
Youth division winners were: first place, Wendy York of Cherry Creek (raspberry); second place, Amanda Drummond of Dunkirk (apple); third place, Emily Cole of Silver Creek (apple).