All smiles at Blue Ribbon Country Fair

It was just a lovely fall day at the fair -- an old timey fair, that is, with rows of sparkling jellies, tables spread with homemade cakes and pies and prize roosters crowing their hearts out.

The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center Blue Ribbon Country Fair drew a good crowd Saturday in Townsend and offered visitors a look at life before rollercoasters and Disney World. Instead, there were Button Whizzers to master, a greased pig to catch, homemade ice cream to sample and baked goods to admire.

The fair competitions drew close to 300 entries in categories ranging from canned goods, garden vegetables, baked goods, honey and woodworking. In addition, there was a poultry show and a rooster-crowing contest.

Lester, a Dominque rooster owned by John Davis IV, won the rooster crowing contest by crowing 18 times in five minutes. John also took home Best of Show for his hens. Travis Boling won Best of Show for his rooster.

The baked goods had entries filling four long tables in categories like Best Cobbler, Best Pound Cake, Best 7-layer Stack Cake and Best Pie in the Cove, which boasted both the amateur and professional category. First place in peach cobbler was Jackie Walton, with Marcus Brown winning best cherry cobbler and Patty Adham taking first place honors for her pound cake. Connie Millar won first place for her 7-layer Stack Cake, Lou Ann Green was crowned Best Pie in the Cove baker for her apple pie in the Amateur category. Kathleen Janke of Gracehill Bed and Breakfast won first place in professional for her apple and sausage pie in the professional category. A complete list of winners will appear on the Blount Today website,

Heritage Center director Bob Patterson had a special guest for the fair as his mother, Eadie Patterson, came up from Rosell, Ga., to enjoy the day. As the fair began closing up Saturday afternoon, Patterson said the day had been wonderful, the weather incredible and the crowds great. A shuttle bus ran between the Heritage Center and Townsend Visitors Center, where the Fall Festival and Old Timer’s Day was in full swing.

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