Bill filed in lege to make Kyle’s Pie Capital designation official

By Megan Wehring

KYLE — With the 87th Legislative Session slated to convene next month, Texas House Representative for District 45 Erin Zwiener filed House Concurrent Resolution (HCR) 12 on Monday to designate the city of Kyle as the official Pie Capital of Texas.

“Everybody celebrates Texas Pie Company but then there’s been a lot of effort from local businesses to find different ways to incorporate the pie motif into their company branding,” Zwiener said. “We support the city of Kyle’s branding efforts and this is one other step they can do to try to elevate that brand.”

Zwiener said they may not find out if HCR 12 will pass until the end of the 87th Legislative Session in May 2021.

The Texas Pie Company sits in the heart of downtown Kyle where tourists visit from all over to grab a slice of pie for the road. Owner Julie Albertson has been baking her signature pies for the community for years, thus leading the city of Kyle to coin the title “Pie Capital of Texas” and try to make it official.

“It’s a bigger dream than I could have ever dreamed for myself,” Albertson said. “I wanted to make a living selling pie 20 years ago and it has all come to this, partnering with the city of Kyle in anything and everything they have wanted to do. I’m a team player in the community.”

City leaders celebrated their love of pie with the annual Pie in the Sky Hot Air Balloon Festival since 2017, Pie Day proclamation on Jan. 23 and residents observed National Pi Day on March 14.

Legislative session convenes on Jan. 12, 2021 at noon.

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