Enjoy a slice of fun during Rochester Hometown Picnic and Pies

Pie baking contest to sweeten event

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published May 22, 2019


ROCHESTER — Downtown Rochester is adding another community event to its roster, one that officials say will allow families to unplug and enjoy an afternoon of fun together.

The Rochester Hometown Picnic and Pies event will be held 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at Rochester Municipal Park.

“Trick out your picnic basket with all the things you need to come and spend the day,” said Rochester Downtown Development Authority Director Kristi Trevarrow. “We’re really hoping that people are going to come and stay for the day, because there is going to be a lot to see and do.”

Rochester Mayor Rob Ray said the event was born from his love of Rochester’s roots and sense of community.  

“A picnic is something that everyone gets, and you don’t have to explain it too much,” Ray said. “So I started thinking that it would be fun if some friends and neighbors all decided to picnic with the kids the same day. And then that got me thinking: Can you really have too much of a good thing? What if the entire park was (filled)?”

Ray shared his idea with Trevarrow, who added some of her signature pizazz to bring it to life.

“I wanted to create something that felt hometown and kept the spirit of what he wanted to do, but also had a wow factor and something that we could build on for years to come,” she said.

So along with the picnic, families can enjoy a bike parade, live entertainment at the band shell, old-school picnic games — including potato sack and egg-in-spoon races — and a pie baking contest and tasting.

“We started talking about, ‘What is hometown?’ … And then we thought, what’s more hometown than a pie baking contest?” Trevarrow said.

The Rochester Blue Ribbon Baking Contest will be held at 1 p.m. Adult and child bakers are invited to show off their baking skills by making pies in three categories: fruit, nut and other. Bakers will be asked to contribute two 9-inch pies — one for the judges and one to be sold by the slice to attendees, with proceeds benefiting Rochester-area charities. Winners will receive medals. Bakers can sign up at www.downtownrochestermi.com/rochester-hometown-picnic-pies.

If the event is successful, Trevarrow said Rochester Hometown Picnic and Pies will be held annually.

“This event is really about asking people to stop, slow down, look around and appreciate the community that we live in,” Trevarrow said. “If the community likes it, I’m hoping it will be something that we’ll be able to continue in the future.”

For more information, call (248) 656-0060.