COLUMBIA — Apples and pecans were strong contenders at a pie auction held by Boone County officials to benefit the United Way on Monday afternoon, but peach was the ultimate winner.
Rebekah Allen won a $100 gift card to Shiloh Bar & Grill with her first prize bourbon peach pie. Prizes were also given to Christy Johnson for her caramel apple pie and to Dan Atwill for his double-cooked apple pie.
After the pies were judged, 34 people waited to bid for one of the 18 pies up for auction at the Boone County Courthouse Plaza.
In its eighth year, the event raised a little more than $3,000. The Boone County government office hopes to raise $15,000 for the United Way this year.
Nicole Galloway, Boone County treasurer and co-chair of the campaign, said the pie event is the largest of the campaign. Other events include a popcorn and movie event and a chili lunch on Halloween, when the campaign will end.
"I think it's really important for the county to support United Way," Galloway said before the event began. "They have a direct impact on the community."
Billy Burnett, one of three judges for the event, was the highest bidder in the pie auction. He purchased Associate Circuit Judge Leslie Schneider's cherry blueberry pie for $325. Burnett bought three pies total, the same number as fellow event judge Mike Teel.
"I was going to get more!" Teel said, with a table full of the baked goods in front of him.