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Aug 01, 2013 • By

Celebrating Pie Day

Mark Erickson was proud to work in customer service at General Mills and he was proud to be a native of Braham, Minnesota. After Mark’s untimely death in 2005, his friends at General Mills wanted to do something to celebrate his life and legacy. So they donated flour.

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You see, Braham is the “Homemade Pie Capital of Minnesota,” as declared by then-Governor Rudy Perpich in 1990. In the 1930’s and 40’s, people would drive north from Minneapolis and St. Paul to their lake homes and would stop at Braham’s Park Café for pie and coffee.

Braham Pie Day began in 1990 as a pie and ice cream social and the event has grown to include crafters, pie art, performances and demonstrations, pie baking and eating contests and more. So much more, that more than 1,100 homemade and artisan pies are served there every year.

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That many pies need a lot of flour. And, since 2005, Mark’s friends at General Mills have honored him by donating Gold Medal Flour to help make each and every crust flaky and delicious.

Mark’s parents, Butch and Dixie, still live in Braham and each year host an after party to celebrate Mark’s life and legacy. This year, 17 Team Mark volunteers are registered to help mix and weigh pie dough, prepare fruit and more for this historic and sweet day. Pie contest categories include fresh fruit, single crust and double crust, children’s division, Lifetime Achievement (ages 70 plus) and more. Local celebrity judges make the final call for best pie.

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Family and friends of Mark Erickson gather to prepare pies for Braham’s Pie Day festivities. Each year, General Mills donates the flour in memory of Mark. Photo by J.Hegstrom.

This year, Braham Pie Day takes place Friday, August 2. For more information, visit