Americus Times-Recorder, Americus, Georgia

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July 9, 2011

Smithville Chicken Pie Festival committee readies for annual event

Smithville — With only three months away, the Smithville Recreation Club (SRC), a small group of Lee County citizens are gearing up for this year’s Annual Chicken Pie Festival which will be held on Saturday, Oct. 29.

The festival, which is held annually and has attracted some 1,500 to 2,000 visitors over the years, is an event filled with arts, crafts, food, fun and competition.

The featured attraction is the chicken pie contest which takes place at 11 a.m. The SRC  welcomes anyone to bring their chicken pie and enter the contest. There is no entry fee.

The most popular attraction is the Chicken Pie Café, a tribute to the Old McAfee Hotel that was famous for serving chicken pie to passengers on the many trains which passed through Smithville in he early 1900s.

For someone wishing to enjoy a pleasant, entertaining day with a plate of piping hot chicken pie along with two sides and a piece of cornbread, then this is the place to be because members of the SRC are planning on serving up the best chicken pie inside the Chicken Pie Café, where hundreds have shown up over the years waiting for their next helping.

Admission (to the festival) is free. All proceeds from food sales and activities will go toward community recreation.

“We use the funds for different community projects such as fireworks during the 4th of July, Downtown Santa Claus during the Christmas holidays and our annual Easter egg hunt,” said this year’s event coordinator, Carol Gosa.

Members of the SRC welcome everyone to come out and have some chicken pie and an ice cream cone or two. Enjoy a day of simple pleasures for the whole family.

Gosa said the highlight of the festival, the chicken pie contest will be held at 11 a.m. All entrants must bring their chicken pies to the Smithville Fire Station by 10:45 a.m. First-place winner receives $100; second-place winner gets $50 and third-place winner $25.

“The pie judging starts at 11 p.m.,” Gosa said. “We will have a parade this year and the winners of the Smithville Beauty Pageant rides in the parade. The Pageant of ages 0-18 years of age will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22. There will be eight to nine age groups,” Gosa said.

Along with pie eating and entertainment, there will be competition.

“We will also have a 10.2K run, 5K run and a 2K sanctioned run, sponsored by the Premiere Orthopedics of Albany,” she said.

Under the gazebo will be groups from surrounding areas, with music to entertain a variety of tastes.

“We will have lots of recreation, music, comedy and a variety of gospel groups. We will also have several humane societies here. Lots of pets were adopted last year and we hope many will be adopted this year,” said Gosa.

The SRC welcomes and thanks all annual attendees, sponsors, visitors and participants of the festival who have made the event a success over the years.

Call Carol Gosa for more information 942-2860.

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