Prized pie lures in province

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Purple smiles were everywhere at the Saskatoon Berry Festival in Mortlach on Saturday.


Eisley Lunde enjoys a slice of saskatoon berry pie in Mortlach for their annual Saskatoon Berry Festival. Times-Herald photo by Mickey Djuric

The street festival has become a gem among the province, with people travelling from all over Canada to attend.

The famous berry festival teams up with Sandy Purdy, owner and operator of Prairie Berries in Keeler. 

She supplies the street fair with pies, jam syrups and spreads, and the people in the province can't get enough.

"We really try to promote our community, local businesses and neighbouring communities and this very much does that," said Rhonda Haukaas, who helped organize the event. 

"Our community runs on volunteers and it's nice to see how our town comes together to put this day on."

The festival drew in not only tourists from around the province, but volunteers as well.

"There people also come from small rural Saskatchewan communities and they know what it's like to put an event like this on, and they want to help," said Haukaas.

This year the Saskatoon Berry Festival added a pie eating contest to their fun filled day of parades, concerts and children activities. 

"I'm the luckiest boy in the world," said Cole Knox who got to ride up front on the horse carriage ride, saying the festival was a lot of fun.

His mother, Jodi agrees. "We're from Manitoba but the pie here is delicious. We had to fight our two-year-old for a bite."

Mickey Djuric can be reached at 306-691-1263 or @Mickey_MJTimes. 

Geographic location: Canada, Keeler, Saskatchewan Saskatoon Manitoba

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