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Winning design was close to home

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Stefan Shelley wears his winning design for the 18th Annual RC Cola & Moon Pie Festival with Bell Buckle Chamber of Commerce President Martha Akers.
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The Bell Buckle Chamber of Commerce didn't have to go far to find the design for the shirts for this year's 18th Annual RC Cola & Moon Pie Festival. It's no secret that Bell Buckle is home to several artists, but what might've been hidden is the talent of The Webb School student Stefan Shelley.

"Our focus this year was to get the community involved by opening the competition up to schools," explained Chamber President Martha Akers. "As a chamber of commerce, it's our job to make sure that the community plays a part in the town's celebrations."

The chamber enlisted the help and guidance of artists Maggie Vaughn and Russ Faxon to assist in the judging of the entries, which was not an easy task.

Dylan Townsend's design brought him 3rd place honors.
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"We looked to see which entry represented the festival the best," said Akers. "Stefan's entry had the RC Cola and Moon Pie logos, and it was bright and clear. You could tell that he took his time and he took it seriously. They were all great, though."

Stefan Shelley, Heavenly Wiggins, Dylan Townsend and Joshua Baker took first, second, third and fourth places, respectively. Winners received trophies and gift certificates from the Bell Buckle Cafe, where their art will be on display.

Heavenly Wiggins took home 2nd place in the design contest.
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The Bell Buckle Chamber of Commerce has stayed busy this spring, planning out the details for local staples such as Daffodil Days, Mutts in May and now, the RC Cola & Moon Pie Festival. The 18th installment of the latter will take place on Saturday, June 16.

Yes, there will still be hundreds of runners hitting the streets early that Saturday morning for the annual 10-mile run. Yes, the alleyways and sidewalks will be flooded with great food vendors and crafty artists selling their fares. A couple of new features for this year's event, however, are the corn hole tournament and karaoke contest.

Joshua Baker rounded out the winners with his 4th place entry.
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Finally, this year's King and Queen should attract a good crowd. They truly are royalty -- in country music, at least. David Frizzell, younger brother to icon Lefty Frizzell, and Jett Williams, daughter of Hank Williams Sr., will serve as the honorary guests in the festival parade.

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