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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

A well known bakery in eastern Iowa is expected to make thousands of pies during the Thanksgiving week .

Kathy's Pies in Cedar Rapids has been doing their baking tradition since 1986.

Now that the business has grown, they're making 6,000 pies all for Thanksgiving week and they've already had to stop orders for Wednesday.

"Back in the day we didn't do 6,000 pies in one week," said Terri Weyland-Henecke, Kathy's Pies Co Owner. "We get a line that goes out the door and around the block."

Before that line forms there's a lot of work going on. 

On top of the hundreds of hours bakers are putting in, there are hundreds of gallons of milk, and 420 pounds of pumpkin mix.

Kathy's Pies' fresh baked pumpkin pie can barely stay on the bakers rack. It's the pie that sells quickly during the Thanksgiving holiday.

"Making all our dough and getting that done. We make everything by hand," said Weyland-Henecke.

They expect to sell between 600-800 pumpkin pies a day, and plans to make more than 500 chocolate creme pies and several hundred pecan, apple, and cherry pies.

"This is something we've been doing for 28 years now, so we're pretty good at it by now," said Kathy McCauley, Co-Owner.

Kathy and Terri's father, Neil, started the pie-making tradition in the Waterloo area.

In 2000, the business moved to its current location in Cedar Rapids being good at what some call one of city's best kept secrets.

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