“MoonPie in the Smokies” Festival – Cocke County Fairgrounds
May 26, 2012 @ 2:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Cocke County A & I Fairgrounds
The Cocke County A& I Fairgrounds is the place to be on Saturday, May 26, when the Cocke County Partnership will present its inaugural “ MoonPie in the Smokies – Mountains, Music and Memories” festival from 10 a.m. – 6p.m.
The original marshmallow sandwich’s inventor, Earl Mitchell, was born in Caney Branch near Cocke County and his first job was in Newport. Union Cemetery is the inventor’s final resting place.
The festival is an opportunity to celebrate the summer season and to honor Mitchell.
Newport Grammar School will present a specially created tribute play that will tell the history of the iconic treat. Newport Dance and Cheer Academy’s own MoonPiettes (students of both) will dance the afternoon away.
Local bluegrass favorites Steve Brown and Hurricane Ridge will perform, along with The Loose Change Band and The Saturday Night Special Band, featuring Austin Crum.
Festival activities will include one of the “World’s Largest” MoonPies, a bouncy MoonWalk, face painting, a car show, a MoonPie-eating contest and corn-hole tournament.
“MoonPie in the Smokies” is co-sponsored by Chattanooga Bakery, Pepsi and the Cocke County Partnership.