Easy as Pie: Kyle awaiting official designation

By Megan Wehring
KYLE — Pie Capital of Texas could be in the city of Kyle’s near future.
Kyle City Council unanimously approved a resolution of support of bills HCR 12 and SCR 22 that will be presented at the 2021 Texas Legislature. If passed, the city will officially get to enjoy pie life.
“This is just a resolution to show support at the local level,” said Samantha Armbruster, communications director.
Pie plays a major role in the city of Kyle’s branding, including the Texas Pie Company downtown, the annual Pie in the Sky Hot Air Balloon Festival and the newest addition of Uber $3.14. The rideshare program refers to mathematical Pi.
An official designation would welcome more tourists, council member Dex Ellison said.
“I think this council has done a great job of working on some projects our city is going to be known for years and decades to come,” Ellison said. “This is certainly another attraction. My hope is that there will be many things that will bring people to the city of Kyle including the things that deal with pie.”
Council member Yvonne Flores-Cale said that she would like to see even more pie companies in the city.
“My fear is,” Flores-Cale said, “not that [the Texas Pie Company]would, but if this company ever closes, I want to make sure that we can stand behind the whole Pie Capital of Texas idea.”
Flores-Cale added that she spoke with residents outside of the city who would be interested in visiting Kyle if there was more than just one company selling pie.
Armbruster said the legislation would increase branding efforts and could help keep Kyle on the map for future pie businesses.
“When you are celebrating a brand, you want that constant celebration of it,” Armbruster explained. “This is just one more way to bring the parade and really celebrate it as a brand which will bring attraction in a lot of different ways, one being economic development and business.”

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Megan Wehring graduated from Texas State University in May 2020 with a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Wehring has reported for the Hays Free Press/News-Dispatch for a year, covering all things local. This includes city council meetings, town events, education and human interest stories. Previously, Wehring worked at KTSW FM-89.9 (Texas State University's official radio station) for two consecutive years. She was a news reporter, assistant news director and monthly segment producer during her time at KTSW. Wehring is passionate about the local reporter aspect. With a heart for storytelling, she believes that journalists are equipped to share the stories that are most important to the community.

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