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Front Page May 5, 2009  RSS feed

Fun, Food and Fiddling at Shelly Pate Park

By Sherry Matney

This little guy couldn't get enough of the water park. Sherry's Shots This little guy couldn't get enough of the water park. Sherry's Shots For the third year in a row, on the first Saturday of May, the Texas Old Fiddler's Association held a contest in Buffalo at the Shelly Pate Park. This year to add to the fun the Buffalo Chamber of Commerce expanded their- Spring Fest to included arts, crafts and garage sale booths. At 2:00 p.m. a chili cook-off was presented to determine the best tastin' chili in these parts.

The way the fiddling contest works is participants compete against others in their age group. These partic- ipants are ranked and awards are given, then the top two of each division compete to determine the Grand Champion.

Many of the same participants were back from last year with some new faces. At least two fiddlers were from Oklahoma this year.

This year's winners: 0 to 18 Jake Duncan; 19 - 30 Dennis Ludiker; 31-64 Carl Hopkins; 65+ E. J. Hopkins; Overall Grand Champion Carl Hopkins.

The vendors' booths were fun to browse, similar to a flea market. Some were set up with garage sale items and some had great looking bags and belts. One vendor had four beautiful Pomeranian puppies for sale for $500.00 each. Last account he had sold two of them.

The chili cook off called for the "cream of the crop" for the judges. Joey Melasky, County Commissioner David Ferguson, Leon County Sheriff Jerry Wakefield, Jim Cornish, Judge Byron Ryder, Rondall Mullenax, Mary Dujay and Jeannine Myers had the responsibility for choosing the best chili at the Spring Fest. The only problem with the contest was there was none available for the public.

Chili Cookoff winners: 1st South of Somewhere, Todd Stubbs; 2nd Dew United Methodist Church, Wain Glass; 3rd Phil's Chili.

And possibly the ones having the most fun were the kids who played in the water park which adjoins the pavilion. Although the weather seemed slightly cool and cloudy early on, the sun came out and those who attended were blessed with a wonderful Texas Spring Fest.

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