By Morgan Bryce

Determining the Auburn-Opelika area’s best piemaker will be the focus of Monarch Estates’ inaugural “American Pie-Idol Contest” Jan. 23.
Open to senior citizens 60 years and older, the contest will take place on National Pie Day, which is no coincidence according to resident experience coordinator Amanda Baker.
“One of my favorite memories was sitting at my grandmother’s table and watching her make peach cobbler, similar to a pie. And when I think about it, I remember exactly what it tasted like … but I’m not sure if I could reproduce it,” Baker said. “For me, this event will allow residents to be involved with their families and bake at their family’s homes or in one of our two residential kitchens. I believe it’ll be a kind of memory-building exercise for our residents.”
Baker added that the competition will be broken into two different categories, community and resident, to ensure that everyone who participates has a chance to win.
The event is free but registration is required. Registration forms can be acquired by calling Baker at 334-502-0977 or emailing her at Monarch Estates is located at 1550 E. University Drive.