In cold and snowy Alaska, there's a village called Talkeetna. It has a population of a mere forty-nine souls. (22) Each March, this tiny village swells up in numbers because it is located in the middle of a race that takes place every year. It is a seven-day race called the Iditarod Trail, and participants stop at Talkeetna for their obligatory twenty-four-hour rest. Lucky for them, (23) Talkeetna is famous for its delicious fruit pies. Weeks before the competitors arrive, the residents of Talkeetna start preparing for, what is without question, their biggest event of the year. (24) The whole village chips in to help, including the kids who end up developing their baking skills at an early age. Exhausted and hungry racers are greeted with delightful pies of all kinds, such as apple, orange, lemon or banana. They consume the pie is a stomach warming race fuel. The toughness of the race allows for racers to eat pretty much whatever they want. The more calories, the better. Talkeetna has gained a reputation for its desert-based hospitality since the 1970s. It started with one person, Jan Newton. Jan moved from Idaho with her husband in 1972 and opened a restaurant. How rich and filling fruit pies quickly got the race's attention, and the village gained some fame as a result. (25) Proud residents then started to refer to Jan as queen of Talkeetna.
Q22: Why do a lot of people come to the village of Talkeetna every March?
Q23: What is the village of Talkeetna famous for?
Q24: Who comes to help with the event of the year?
Q25: What does the passage say about Jane Newton?