Braham was named the "Homemade Pie Capital of Minnesota" by Gov. Rudy Perpich in 1990. The fame for pie began in the 1930s and 40s when folks would drive to their lake homes, taking the "shortcut to Duluth through Braham." After driving from the Twin Cities they would stop at the Park Cafe for pie and coffee.
Pie Day began in July of 1990 as a pie and ice cream social, funded by a Celebrate Minnesota tourism grant. In 1992 the date changed to the first Friday in August when the Isanti County Historical Society became the organization in charge of the festival. The event has grown to include crafters; a small quilts display, a pie art and hat show, an antique bicycle and car show, performances and demonstrations from folk artists, storytellers, and musicians. There are also pie baking and pie eating contests, as well as a pie trivia contest. Each year something new has been added. We serve over 1100 homemade and artisan pies.
This activity is made possible through grant funding from the East Central Regional Arts Council with Arts and Culture Heritage Funds, as voted on by the people of Minnesota, November 2008.