CHERRY PIE: VEISHEA Tradition Begins

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VEISHEA is one of Iowa State’s greatest traditions and cherry pies are one of VEISHEA’s greatest traditions.

They went on sale Friday in Mackay Hall on the ISU campus.

The bake sale tradition began back in the 1920s.

This year, 75 students from the hotel, restaurant and institution management department are running the event. They say they started getting ready weeks ago, pressing dough and freezing pie crusts.

They expect to sell at least 8,000 pies.

Mary Beth Sprouse took 30 pies off of the student’s hands Friday morning. “My dad is retired Iowa State professor who can’t be on campus so I will be taking some to him, and I have two eight year old boys at home who always think they need them not only today and tomorrow but as long as they last, which usually ends up being…maybe three days,” she laughs.

The money raised goes to fund student scholarships.