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Recipe contest adds to Moon Pie fest ingredients

Thursday, June 2, 2011

The ingredients for the RC Cola and Moon Pie Festival's recipe contest can easily be found in Bell Buckle -- as well as the ingredients for lots of fun.
(T-G Photo by Mary Reeves)
What could be better than a Moon Pie and an RC Cola?

That's the question they ask in Bell Buckle this time each year, as the RC Cola & Moon Pie festival rolls around. This year, they've come up with an answer.

A special treat, made with Moon Pies or RC Cola.

"We'll be having a recipe contest," said Joe Sheetz, Bell Buckle's Chamber of Commerce president. "They did this several years ago (2008) and it was a pretty big deal."

He said Bell Buckle Alderwoman Annie Rooney, also a member of the chamber, suggested bringing the contest back.

The tongue-in-cheek celebration of marshmallow and graham cracker snacks and RC Cola will be held Saturday, June 18 this year and contestants need to have their entries, already prepared, in by noon. Judging will be at 1 p.m. There will be a $100 cash prize awarded for the best dish that features RC Cola and/or Moon Pie in the recipe.

"The Food Channel's got nothing on us," said Sheetz.

The theme for this year's RC Cola & Moon Pie Festival parade is "patriotism," so not only is the town looking for recipes, it's looking for veterans.

"We need some veterans to be in the parade," said Maggi Vaughn, the state poet laureate and Bell Buckle resident who also serves on the festival's committee. "They won't have to walk. We'll have some sort of tram for them to ride on."

She said if they have caps or uniforms from their military days, they are encouraged to wear them. To make sure there is enough transportation to carry them in the parade, the committee needs to know ahead of time how many veterans will be participating. Those interested can call Vaughn at 389-6878.

Response to this year's show has been good, said Sheetz, with all of the vendors slots sold out more than a month ago. Arts and crafts, food, and many other items will be found in the booths throughout the town.

Festivities go on all day, with plenty of country and bluegrass music, a parade, clogging dancers, Moon Pie games, and crafts.

Joining in the festivities will be the residing King and Queen, Anne Holt and Justin Bruce from WKRN-TV (channel 2) with Snowbird from WSMV-TV (channel 4) making an appearance in the parade.