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A festival honoring the chicken pie

October 15, 2003

Smithville-- If you want some tasty chicken pie, head to Smithville. The Smithville Improvement Group will be dishing out chicken pie Saturday at the eighth annual Chicken Pie Festival.

It's an historic dish for the small town. At the turn of the 20th century, Smithville was a popular train stop, and their local hotel served hot chicken pies. Smithville Improvement Group President Jack Smith says, "A fellow McAfee owned this hotel and they served chicken pies to the trains everyday. They had waiters that would go to the train or they would come to the dining room and eat. It was in this guy's will that as long as the hotel stood they would serve chicken pie daily."

Although the hotel burned down in the 1930's, residents are still honoring McAfee's wishes. The original chicken pie recipe can be tasted at the festival.

The Festival starts next Saturday, October 25th, at 10:00 a.m., with entertainment, arts and crafts, train rides, and even a chicken pie contest.

Posted at 4:00 p.m. by melissa.kill@walb.com