Erie’s 12th Annual Biscuit Day

Today we ventured off in the morning for Erie’s Annual Biscuit Day. I had never heard of Biscuit Day before, but I guess we’re in its 12th year!

What is Biscuit Day? Here’s what the Erie Historical Society had to say:

The Biscuit Day tradition goes back to the 1870s. “It was going for a few years when Erie was formed,” Wise said.

Erie was incorporated as a town in 1874. At the original Biscuit Day, there were fresh-baked biscuits and bowls of mulligan stew. Ladies ate free. “There were three or four bakers in town and they made the biscuits,” Wise said. “The women made the stew.” There was also homemade apple-butter and a variety of homemade jams and jellies at the event.

Most likely, Biscuit Day was one of the final community gatherings before the men returned to work in the coal mines. In Erie, the mines were closed in the summers because the particular type of coal that was mined in the area would disintegrate in hot weather.

For $7 you each received 2 biscuits, 2 pieces of sausage, sausage gravy and your choice of coffee milk (chocolate milk in our case), or juice. All in all not a bad deal for my biscuit aficionado:

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They had a fire truck for the kids to explore, some cute vendors, a cake walk, and some Irish step dancing. It appeared that most of the event was volunteer-driven, and I think all of the volunteers did an excellent job keeping the lines moving, making more biscuits (they sold out around 10:15 or so), and overall making sure everyone was having a great time.

The little miss had a great time people watching, and mostly kept herself entertained sucking on whatever happened to be nearby.

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Here are some more photos from Biscuit Day: