The 81st annual Weir Homecoming will kick off with the pie baking contest at the Weir Civic Club on Friday afternoon.

The homecoming is made possible by the club, whose president, Dustin Westbay, said raffle items at the homecoming were donated by area businesses. Westbay said anyone who calls Weir home will be back for the event.

“It’s been a tradition,” Westbay said. “It’s the 81st annual. And it’s always the week after Cherokee Homecoming and the week before McCune (Fall Festival).”

Following the pie eating contest on Friday from 3 p.m. at 4 p.m. will be a staple of most area homecoming events – a free bean feed – although Weir’s is a chili and bean feed.

On Friday, there will also be the crowning of the homecoming king or queen, pet contest, cake walk and karaoke contest.

The homecoming king or queen will be the person who sold the most raffle tickets. Although, raffle tickets for the Sunday giveaways can still be purchased after Friday.

Raffle prizes are mainly gift certificates to area businesses. The civic center will also be giving away a 40 inch flat screen on Saturday.

Saturday festivities will start off with a 5k race and 3k poker walk. A car show and parade will follow the morning races. In the afternoon will be the first ever pie eating contest.

Contestants will have their hand tied behind their back, and will have less than 10 minutes to eat a vanilla pudding pie. The pies will be weighed after to determine the winner.

Following the pie eating contest will be the children’s games, where youngsters will compete for cash prizes in events such as the bubble gum contest.

Westbay said there will also be lots of craft and food vendors throughout the homecoming.

“We do this as a way to raise money for the Civic Center,” Westbay said. “To sponsor different events throughout the year.”

Westbay said the money will help with events such as buying and donating winter coats to children at the school and food baskets for needy families during Christmas.

For more information contact Westbay at 620-704-2660, Patty Tavernaro at 620-396-8221 or visit the Weir Civic Center Facebook page.