Impressive lungs sell pie in Martensdale
Martensdale, Ia. – As far as residents here were concerned, it was way too easy for bikers to breeze right through on Highway 28 without spending time or money in their town. And so, folks with handmade signs and strong lungs surrounded the main intersection to compete for customers.
On one side of the highway, signs pointed the way to the “Margaritaville” party, which promised hot food, cold beer, and hot chicks. Nearby, girls in short shorts signs pointed to The Roadside Inn, whose outdoor stage featured Clive rock band Shatter.
Jeri Jo Dudney was sitting nearby watching the proceedings when she got drafted to help her church, St. Paul Lutheran, sell dessert. Someone handed her sign and told her to yell “pie.”
The church hoped to sell 1,000 slices of blueberry, apple, peach, and rhubarb pie to raise money for a handicapped-accessible bathroom.
Dudney, it turned out, was the perfect woman to get the word out.
“Pie! Get your homemade pie!” she bellowed, easily eclipsing every other voice in town.
Church congregation president Kim Downs of St. Charles walked up from down the street and laughed as Dudney paused to inquire how she was doing.
“Not only can I hear you across the street,” Downs said, “But I can hear you two blocks that way.”
–L. Lars Hulsebus