Jammin’ Pie Fest Celebrates Those with Disabilities
Being a parent of a child with a disability can be hard. This weekend in Maple Grove, the Jammin’ Pie Fest made sure all families felt like they belong.
“People usually leave here with a different level or awareness and sensitivity no matter who they are,” said Lisa Jamieson, organizer of Jammin’ Pie Fest. “That just warms our hearts and grows our hearts a little bit and hopefully it helps change the world one by one.”
Jamieson knows firsthand the struggle of having a child with a disability. Her daughter has Angelman syndrome. While the Jammin’ Pie Fest in Maple Grove is open to the public, it embraces families who have loved ones with special needs.
“Having it in a back yard is part of what makes it and unapologetic event for families with special needs,” said Jamieson. “Nobody has to apologize for making a mess being too noisy. Families can really just be themselves.”
Jammin’ Pie Fest Welcoming to All
Jamieson started the event five years ago. She noticed it was hard for families with special needs individuals to feel accepted at social events.
“I want people to be able to come to an event like this and not worry if they need a special accommodation,” said Jamieson. “I want to make them feel more than just welcome but that they really belong.”
At the center of the event is the pie contest. This year bakers entered upwards of 50 pies. The inclusiveness of the event and its unique competition has made it a fall staple for families across the metro.
“Sometimes there is rejection in the disability community,” says Karen Peterson an attendee of the event and parent of a child with special needs. “This is a very accepting place. It’s wonderful when you know that your daughter is accepted just as she is.”
While the event is just one afternoon, organizers hope it’s purpose stays with people much longer.
“I hope people will leave here recognizing that every single person has value,” said Jamieson. “No matter what their apparent disabilities are, every single person has value and deserves to be included and find a place of belonging.”
The event also featured a live auction with the proceeds benefiting Walk Right in Ministries.