An eastern Idaho fourth-grade class wants huckleberry pie to be designated as the official state dessert, and an Idaho House committee — despite some dissent — agreed to introduce the bill on Tuesday.
“I’m hoping this bill gets pie-partisan support, because any way you slice it, the huckleberry pie gives you a good filling,” Rep. Ron Nate, R-Rexburg, told the House State Affairs Committee.
The idea originated with Teri Hargraves’ fourth-grade class at Iona Elementary School, which advised lawmakers in a letter that Idaho would be ahead of Utah if it designated a state dessert, and proposed the “delicious” pie.
There was some grumbling from the committee.
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“If you don’t like huckleberry pie, are the citizens of the state going to be compelled to eat this stuff?” asked committee Chair Rep. Tom Loertscher, R-Iona. Other committee members wondered why the huckleberry shake or ice cream weren’t proposed instead, to support the state’s dairy industry.
Rep. Dustin Manwaring, R-Pocatello, moved to introduce the bill.
“I like huckleberries,” Manwaring said. “That’s already our state fruit, but I think we’ll have a good discussion on whether we should have a state dessert.”
The motion carried, but three members voted against it: Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens; Rep. Jason Monks, R-Nampa; and Loertscher.
“I’m not going to be able to support the motion,” Barbieri said. “We’re just encouraging further frivolousness.”