The tree that keeps on giving

Mickey Djuric
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The only day better to be in Mossbank than on Apple Pie Day, is the day before, when the whole town smells like a bakery.

On Tuesday, the community rallied together to bake pies for the town's annual pie day, which raises money for the Mossbank Museum. 

The idea for the day originated nearly 25 years ago, thanks to an 80 year-old apple tree that sits on the museum grounds.

"Back then they figured why don't we make some pies with these apples and have a fundraiser with it," said Brian Vandurme, president of the museum. 

The history of the event even traces down to the day it's held every year: the last wednesday of August. 

"During that particular time, the apples are ready. This year we had to supplement some apples because of the windstorms...but every year we get a good crop off that tree," said Vandurme. 

Now in it's 24th year, volunteers celebrate by baking over 70 pies for the day, attracting locals and visitors as far as Regina. 

"My grandpa was one of the people who got the museum up and running. So for me it means a lot to be a part of this day because of him," said Cori Oddleifson. 

Apple Pie Day runs on donations, a decision Vandurme thought would be best so that everyone is accommodated, and no one is left out. 

Every year Apple Pie Day rakes in about $2,000 to $4,000 for the museum, with people donating anywhere from $2 to $100 for a slice of pie. It's served with home-made vanilla ice-cream that was churned moments before, along with a slice of cheddar cheese for those feeling adventurous. 

"It's our primary fundraiser for the year, so we thank the people who support Apple Pie Day," said Vandurme.

Organizations: Mossbank Museum

Geographic location: Regina

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