Tuesday, May 12, 2009

TN: National MooFest May 30th

National MooFest is "mooving" into the Friendly City of Athens, Tennessee again this year.

[Note: This happening may not be in Georgia, but it's a fun event we thought you might want to put on your calendar. It's close enough for a nice weekend jaunt.]

MooFest, a celebration of the dairy industry, will be held Saturday, May 30, as a kickoff to June Dairy Month. The day will feature a number of new events and attractions, as well as some staples of last year's successful MooFest, including an ice cream recipe contest, dairy-themed games, and an "udderly" fascinating array of exhibits on the history and practices of the dairy industry.

Events this year will include the ice cream eating contest, "Milkshake Shake," scoop-stacking contest, sundae-making and milk chugging contests.

Those interested in submitting recipes for this year's ice cream recipe contest should get a "moove" on. Submissions need to be postmarked by May 15. Entry forms are available online at www.nationalmoofest.com and at the Mayfield's Visitor Center.

Agriculture demonstrations will be featured, as well as a petting zoo with cows.
"It's a great opportunity for people to learn about the dairy industry in a fun way," said MooFest's Grand Moobah Elaine Newman.

A number of "exciting and interesting" food vendors and a wide array of arts and crafts booths will also be set up around the square, Newman said.

A week-long carnival will open on Tuesday, May 26 and operate through MooFest on the 30th. The carnival will again be located on the downtown greenspace.

Speaking of green, MooFest will be a "green event" this year, and recycling will be promoted, Newman said.

Musical entertainment will be provided on Friday night, May 29, and all day on Saturday, May 30, during MooFest. Friday's entertainment will be provided by groups Blue City Band and Dog & Pony Show. Saturday's musical guests will perform a variety of styles for a variety of tastes, including Mitch Rossell, Sisters of the Silver Sage and local talent Just Us bluegrass band and Carla Jo Carr.

Ventriloquist Ken Karter will also perform throughout Saturday.

For links to entertainers' websites, visit www.nationalmoofest.com.

MooFest will coincide with other traditional Athens events, including the Athens Kiwanis Club's annual pancake breakfast and this year's running of the Athens Soap Box Derby.

Admission to MooFest is $3 per person, and children under age 6 get in free.

For more information on MooFest – including how to volunteer for or help sponsor the event – visit www.nationalmoofest.com.
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