MARION — Area residents have an opportunity to choose their favorite pies and shop for distinctive gifts at the Marion Pie Sale and Craft show.

Sponsored by the women’s auxiliary of the Marion Fraternal Order of Eagles aerie 4087, the annual event will be held in the Eagles meeting hall from 9 a.m. to 4. p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25.

The pies are baked and donated by auxiliary members who offer mouthwatering choices such as cherry, blueberry, all-American apple and seasonal specialities like spicy pumpkin, savory mincemeat and rich pecan.

The auxiliary takes the American tradition of bake sales a step further, combining the pie sale with a roomful of exhibitors displaying art work and crafts created by more than two dozen talented artisans from Marion and surrounding communities.

Shop for jewelry, scented candles, aprons and kitchen accessories, warm hats and mittens, Christmas ornaments, handbags, embroidery, home decor items and crocheted and knitted clothing, blankets and afghans.

“We usually attract about 200 people to our sale,” said event organizer and auxiliary secretary Jan Zeilinger. “We hope even more will come this time because every year our show is bigger and we add more crafters. We also serve a good lunch including sandwiches and homemade soup and cinnamon rolls.”

According to Zeilinger, all funds raised are used to assist families in need at Christmas. The group donates food, clothing, toys and household items to local families, putting into practice the spirit of the organization motto, “people helping people.”

The pie and craft sale is an excellent opportunity to stock up on tempting pies for entertaining and family get-togethers and find Christmas gifts for everyone on your list.

For more information, contact Zeilinger at (231) 743-6488. The Eagles hall is at 220 S. Mill St. (M-66) in Marion.