Art on the Avenue in Del Ray
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Art on the Avenue in Del Ray

Pie contest renamed for Pam Fitzgerald.

Art on the Avenue founder Pat Miller, left, is joined by Del Ray Business Association president Sue Kovalsky, Jeff Price of Bonaventure Construction and DRBA board member Gayle Reuter prior to the annual ribbon cutting and welcome for new Del Ray businesses Oct. 5 at Art on the Avenue.

Art on the Avenue founder Pat Miller, left, is joined by Del Ray Business Association president Sue Kovalsky, Jeff Price of Bonaventure Construction and DRBA board member Gayle Reuter prior to the annual ribbon cutting and welcome for new Del Ray businesses Oct. 5 at Art on the Avenue. Photo by Janet Barnett/Gazette Packet

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Art on the Avenue shoppers Michael and Lisa Raymond display mobiles crafted by P. Carter Carpin, right, at the 24th annual Art on the Avenue Oct. 5 in Del Ray.

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Members of the Billy and Bob Classic Country Band prepare to perform at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square Oct. 5 as part of Art on the Avenue’s entertainment.

Thousands of shoppers from around the region flocked to Mount Vernon Avenue Oct. 5 for the 24th annual Art on the Avenue festival in Del Ray.

Sponsored by the Del Ray Business Association, the annual event featured 350 artists, live entertainment and more than 35 food vendors.

The popular pie-baking contest was renamed Pam’s Pies, in memory of Pam Fitzgerald, who died last month following a long battle with breast cancer.

“Pam was the workhorse behind the annual pie contest,” said Art on the Avenue founder Pat Miller. “Once Pam came on board, I never had to worry about that part of the festival. She always decorated the area and had things under control. She truly was amazing.”

Miller noted that all funds raised from the pie contest will benefit the Vola Lawson Breast Cancer Fund in Fitzgerald’s memory.

Looking ahead to next year’s 25th anniversary of the festival, Miller said “I don’t know what it will be, but I definitely plan on doing something special to celebrate 25 years.”

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