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Food Network coming to county

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

The Popcorn Festival of Clay County is entering its sixth year of existence.

"We are just movers and shakers as one guy put it," Festival Marketing and Publicity representative Glen Brown said. "We are really putting the community out there."

Since the inception of the festival, it has gathered steam and is now considered, by many, as one of the top festivals in the state.

And this year, it will gather more national attention.

The festival will welcome the Food Network's Sunny Anderson this year.

Brown said this is the second time the Food Network has focused its sites on the festival.

"They contacted us," Brown said. "We're real excited."

Brown said the network has drawn up plans to film for a show, "Festivals, Boardwalks and Fairs," from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 4.

He said the county festival was the only event chosen for the network show that was not on the East Coast. The other festivals that will be part of the show include the Atlantic City Boardwalk (New Jersey), Walt Disney World, The Renaissance Fair in New York City, and the Buffalo Wings Festival in Buffalo.

"We are very honored to be in this group," Brown said.

The show, which will be aired in 2009, will focus on the different types of foods offered at festivals.

Brown said the festival committee was contacted by the Food Network close to two months ago and just recently found out it was approved for filming.

"They want unique Midwestern foods for the show," Brown said.

He said the network is currently considering several different types of foods that Anderson will help prepare, including fish from a fish fry, breaded tenderloin, deep-fried Oreos, smoked jumbo turkey legs, ham and beans and cornbread and lemon shake-ups.

Brown added Anderson might help judge some of the contests for this year's festival, including the popcorn eating contest, the Orville Redenbacher Look-alike contest or the popcorn recipe contest.

According to the Food Network's website, Anderson came to the station in 2005. She hosts her own show, "Cooking for Real," which offers "real food, for real life combining her approach to classic comfort foods along with her passion for unique flavors inspired by her many travels." The show was introduced to viewers by the station in April 2008.

Anderson debuted on the network in 2005 as a guest on "Emeril Live," and co-hosted "Gotta Get It," in 2007.

Sunny Anderson
The sixth Popcorn Festival of Clay County is scheduled for Oct. 2-5, and will take place at Forest Park.

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Wow, what a great thing for our community! Now if everyone can pull together and make our town more presentable it will be even better!!

-- Posted by bandmom_63 on Tue, Sep 16, 2008, at 12:29 PM

Elephant ears should be on the list, Eel ears in Clay City

-- Posted by smallguysmalltown on Tue, Sep 16, 2008, at 12:57 PM

Thank God it's not Rachel RayRay.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Tue, Sep 16, 2008, at 3:10 PM

I love Rachel Ray!

Sounds like this is another plus for our community. If we send out good chi then maybe good things will come back to us!

( you know... reaping what you sew!)

-- Posted by sassypants on Tue, Sep 16, 2008, at 3:16 PM

Rachel Ray is awesome with those 30 minute meals ~ she gives me great ideas that I tweek for my family ~

Wouldn't it be great if we had hundreds of folks show up with popcorn recipes ~ goggle "popcorn recipes" ~ the options are endless ~

Hey Sassy ~ what recipe will you be taking to the Popcorn Festival ??

-- Posted by karebabe on Tue, Sep 16, 2008, at 5:20 PM

If you like Rachel RayRay, the queen of EVOO who looks like the Joker when she smiles, you'll love this:


-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Tue, Sep 16, 2008, at 7:27 PM

HUmm I am rather famous for chicken and noodles but am not sure that is popcorn related :)

-- Posted by sassypants on Wed, Sep 17, 2008, at 7:53 AM

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