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March 12, 2010

Maine Whoopie Pie Day

It is official. We in Maine will have a Whoopie Pie Day. Mark your calendars for the Fourth Saturday in June; this year it falls on June 26, 2010. Amos Orcutt, head of the University of Maine Foundation, sent out an email announcement saying that Governor John Baldacci “has committed to proclaiming the fourth Saturday in June as Whoopie Pie Day in Maine. He and possibly the First Lady will attend the Whoopie Pie Festival in Dover-Foxcroft.”

Then Orcutt went on to say, “Maine Stuff! on Facebook, where you can choose a virtual gift of Maine, has nearly 87,000 virtual gifts of Whoopie Pies sent to friends; just slightly ahead of the Maine lobster!” Virtual Whoopie Pies, of course,  are the only ones that won’t imperil your waistline.

Mr. Orcutt didn’t say anything about W. Pies becoming Maine’s official dessert, so perhaps that threat has passed.

Sandy Oliver is a Food Historian, Author, MF&L columnist: The Way Things Were.

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