Festival events culminate with BBQ ‘Corn’Test
Posted: Tuesday, September 21, 2010 6:18 am
By: Donna Ryder, Associate Editor
By DONNA RYDER
If your outdoor skills on the grill have been lauded by family and friends, maybe it’s time to take it out of the backyard and on over to the Obion County Fairgrounds.
Fifteen teams have signed up, so far, for the annual Tyson Barbecue “Corn”Test event slated for Friday through Saturday. Co-chairman Andrew Blair said there’s still time to sign up and “the more the merrier.”
Barbecue teams will compete for prizes in the non-sanctioned event. Categories include shoulders, ribs, chicken and “Backyard.”
The public is invited to attend.
Before this weekend’s event, the Obion County Public Library will host Appalachian music and story telling with Judy Baker of East Tennessee.
Ms. Baker, who grew up on a small farm in upper East Tennessee, will tell about her Appalachian upbringing Thursday at the amphitheater behind the library at 6:30 p.m. and 7:45.
The event begins at 6 p.m. when music will be provided by Hilary Rose and Daniel Fleck. They play guitar, mandolin, autoharp and mountain dulcimer. They will also perform at 7:15.
The two events will wrap up CornFest activities, which started Aug. 28 with CornFest beauty pageants.
CornFest executive director Glenda Chrisp said this morning she has been very pleased with the events so far. “They’ve gone really well.”
She said there has been excellent attendance at each of the events. “The weather has been a little warm, but very cooperative.”
The newest competition, the Corn Hole Toss, was a big success Saturday, she said, adding there were 22 teams which competed, with first place claimed by Spencer Walker and Craig Lowrance. Second place went to Brian Short and Keith Radde and Cris Robertson and Joe Whitson came in third. She said there were five teams in the bed race. They completed the event with Riley Graphics in the lead and claiming “Best Sportsmanship” honors, followed by Sweetwater Farms, Wood Communications, Virgin’s Nursery (“Best Decorated”) and Tyson. There were also lots and lots of pumpkin painters. “The kids loved painting the pumpkins.”
“It’s, in my opinion, been very successful,” Mrs. Chrisp said.
Associate Editor Donna Ryder can be contacted by e-mail at email@example.com.
Published in The Messenger 9.20.10