RC-Moon Pie Festival Press Release

What: 24th Annual RC-MoonPie Festival ™
When: June 16, 2018 Saturday 7:00 am until 5:00 pm
Where: Bell Buckle, Tennessee
Who: Bell Buckle Chamber of Commerce

If you like old fashioned fun in an old fashioned place that is like stepping back in time where people are friendly, smiles are easy, and fun is free, then you’ve got to come to Bell Buckle for its annual RC Cola – MoonPie Festival! This wacky festival has been pleasing crowds for over two decades reeling up the blogs, the awards, and the praise. And the Southeastern Tourism Society has again named the 2018 event a Top 20 event for the entire Southeast! It really is an event not to be missed. But the most important thing is that being there just makes you happy!

Now for those of you who, gasp, don’t know what an RC Cola or a MoonPie is, well we won’t judge you, but we will change your culinary test buds forever! This dynamic duo’s popularity really came together as a perfect pairing for only a nickel each back in the 1950’s. Known then as the “working man’s lunch”, the RC Cola and MoonPie soon became synonymous with one another, and it became almost a sin to have one without the other. Referred to as the first “fast food” meal, this Southern tradition is at its best when experienced in Bell Buckle, Tennessee. Why Bell Buckle? Because twenty-four years ago, we decided to throw a party for the delicious snack, and wow has that party ever grown! So on June 16th in Historic Bell Buckle, Tennessee you can try it in every flavor, every size, and prepared and served in every way imaginable. Who needs a food and wine festival when you can have an RC Cola and MoonPie Festival!

RC-MoonPie royalty is pretty special with past governors, the late Waylon Jennings, Brenda Lee, etc having served their kingdoms in splendid fashion. We are an overwhelming favorite far and above the ho-hum royal wedding somewhere across the pond this year with an incredible royal line up. The Voice of the Tennessee Titans will serve as this year’s RC-MoonPie King. Mike is in his 20th season calling the play-by-play of the dynamic men in the two tone blue. You may recall some yelling he did one year in something referred to as the Music City Miracle. That call has been named by ESPN as one of the 10 best radio calls in American sports history. Don’t be surprised if he grabs that mic from Davis & Dayle and starts calling the plays for the RC-MoonPie games! Up and coming country music songstress Emily Minor will do the honors as this year’s RC-MoonPie Queen. Referred to as “a modern Brenda Lee” this little miss dynamite has opened for Lee Brice, Dustin Lynch, Cole Swindell, Maddie & Tae, and more. Emily has been described as being like the surprise at the bottom of a Cracker Jack box but with no sugar coating added! Doesn’t get much better than that.

And this year we are super excited to announce that we are going to offer a 5K Run in addition to the annual 10 Mile RC-MoonPie Run! We have received so many requests for a 5K that we decided we just had to make all those people happy, and of course the course is certified! The new 5K will take runners through the historic Bell Buckle neighborhood and Webb School campus. The 10 Mile Run is a perennial runner favorite and that won’t change a bit. It’s still the most scenic a countryside course in the state and just as challenging as any race in the area. Every year the runners’ blogs heap praise on the course, the race atmosphere and the friendly staff. And we know that runners need some fortification after all that exerted energy so there’s a big breakfast for all the runners at the end of the race with biscuits and fillings, fruit, popsicles, and of course, RC’s and MoonPies! And if you run this race, calories don’t count. At all.

After all that running, the day really gets going. There’s the ever popular RC-MoonPie parade sponsored by George Dickel, stage entertainment, cloggers, art and craft booths, skits, comedy, and even a King and a Queen – who needs a royal wedding when you have culinary royalty. But wait there’s more. After the King and Queen are coroneted, there are RC and MoonPie games galore! Ever tried to balance an RC can on your head and eat a MoonPie and speed walk att the SAME TIME? How about hula-hooping while devouring the snack duo? A MoonPie toss where the sky truly is the limits – audience members beware……(just saying – personal experience, you know).

And the delights continue all the way to the very end of the day when the World’s Largest MoonPie is served! Let them eat Pie says Bell Buckle. Everyone that comes to the Bell Buckle RC-MoonPie Festival really will get a piece of the pie – I mean literally! Chattanooga Bakery bakes it fresh for the festival and personally delivers it. A true mouth watering culinary dream come true!

A multiple time Southeastern Tourism Top 20 Event winner, it’s easy to see why this perennial favorite has earned multiple nods from Southern Living magazine, Food Network magazine, USA Today, plus so many more national publications. With over 75 art and crafts booths, all day stage entertainment including foot stomping, toe tapping, can’t stand still music, games that will delight every age, and so much more.

The Bell Buckle RC-MoonPie Festival is a special day for all who attend as we continue to cherish our past while enjoying our present and give our future wonderful memories.

A day of fun for young and old celebrating THREE southern traditions: RC Colas, Moon Pies and Historic Bell Buckle, Tennessee- close to home but a world away.

Bell Buckle Chamber of Commerce Press Photos and complete Bio info available at www.bellbucklechamber.com