RC, Moon Pie Festival set in Bell Buckle

RC, Moon Pie Festival set in Bell Buckle

Posted: Friday, June 20, 2008 9:22 pm

Tucked away among the rolling hills, farmland and Walking Horse country of Tennessee lays the historic town of Bell Buckle. The quaint, tree lined streets become a bustle of activity and excitement every year on the third Saturday in June, when the South’s two most honored traditions are celebrated — RC Colas and Moon Pies. Last year’s RC-Moon Pie Festival played host to the Travel Channel’s “Taste of America with Mark DeCarlo” where Linda Simmons of Bell Buckle Country Store fame was encouraged to make homemade Moon Pies in the kitchen of Dennis and Carla Webb, mayor and first lady of Bell Buckle and have a “taste off” with the original Chattanooga Bakery product. This friendly competition has now spawned a new event for the 2008 RC-Moon Pie Festival with the addition of a baking contest with the major ingredient to being either an RC or a Moon Pie. This year’s 14th annual festival will be held Saturday. The day will begin with 1,000 runners taking part in the 13th annual RC-Moon Pie 10 Mile Run. The grueling course is both a challenge and delight for runners aging from 10 to the over 70s crowd. The festival continues with games, contests, cloggers, Country music and bluegrass, and more than 50 arts and crafts booths not to mention the dozens of food booths featuring Southern fares such as Tennessee Smoked Barbecue, hand squeezed lemonade and deep friend Moon Pies! Pomp and circumstance reign with the coronation of the king and queen coronation. The 2008 queen is Dr. Phyllis Qualls-Brook, assistant commissioner of Tennessee Community and Industry Relations and the king is actor/director Lane Davies who will be directing the first Tennessee Shakespeare Festival to be held in Bell Buckle the two weekends following the RC-Moon Pie Festival. Taking center stage as always is the wildly popular Synchronized Wading extravaganza, lovingly referred to as “dry humor on a wet stage.” This year’s performance will be “A Midsummer’s Nightmare” starring who else but the lovely little Moon Pie and the charming RC with guest appearances by GooGoo Cluster, Coke, as well as a host of fairies and soldiers. Director and choreographer Carla Webb says that this year’s Synchronized Wading performance is one of the best since she began performing in a kiddy pool more than 13 years ago. The perfect ending to the day is the cutting of the World’s Largest Moon Pie — free dessert for all. In Bell Buckle, when they say “let them eat cake” they really mean it and serve it to you with a gooey smile. A day of fun for young and old celebrating three southern traditions: RC Colas, Moon Pies and Historic Bell Buckle, where we are 100 years behind the times and proud of it. Published in The Messenger 6.20.08

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