Charleston ready to ‘spoon’ up fun at Cowpea Festival
by DELANEY WALKER, Banner Staff Writer
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CHARLESTON CITY COMMISSIONER Donna McDermott thanked longtime Charleston resident James Parris for continued work done on behalf of the city. Parris served as a Charleston commissioner in the 1980s and is currently on the Planning Committee board. From left are Commissioner Larry Anderson, Parris, Charleston Mayor Walter Goode and McDermott. Banner photo, DELANEY WALKER
CHARLESTON CITY COMMISSIONER Donna McDermott thanked longtime Charleston resident James Parris for continued work done on behalf of the city. Parris served as a Charleston commissioner in the 1980s and is currently on the Planning Committee board. From left are Commissioner Larry Anderson, Parris, Charleston Mayor Walter Goode and McDermott. Banner photo, DELANEY WALKER
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Spirits were high at the Charleston City Commission Tuesday night as Melissa Woody told the board of the final additions to this weekend’s International Cowpea Festival and Cookoff.

“There are a lot of people that are voting for this town,” Woody said after listing the Cowpea Festival sponsors.

Numerous sponsors have made it possible for the festival to be paid in full. Woody said there will be nothing needing to be covered after Saturday.

Woody passed out five wooden Bush Brothers & Company spoons to the Commission. The spoons allow participants to taste each cowpea recipe in the cook-off. Participants vote for their favorite dish by placing their token in the corresponding container.

“The tasting will be from 1 to 5 (p.m.),” Woody said. “The spoon sales will begin as soon as the festival starts. There are only 500 and you all have five of them so you are ensured a taste of each of those Cowpea creations.”

Mayor Walter Goode will open the festivities with a welcome at 1 p.m., followed immediately by a line of musical performances. Heartstrings, an old hymn-based band, is set to perform at 2 p.m. Grammy award-winning recording artist Suzy Bogguss will take the stage at 7 p.m.

Parking will be available for $5 per car on the baseball field across the street from the park. All proceeds will be used to benefit the Heritage Center. There is no admission cost.

Other news discussed at the meeting includes:

- The planning commission formally approved the plan of services for annexation. Members encouraged the County Commission to pursue annexation.

n Chief of Charleston Police J. H. Hayden said fireworks regulations have changed since he was a fireworks show presenter. A fire marshall is needed to approve the venue and a certified fireworks shooter must be present. Failure to meet the regulations could mean a $20,000 fine. Hayden said $5,000 covers the cost of a decent show. This includes money for the fireworks and shooter.

- There will soon be two restaurants selling alcohol in Charleston. Rob’s Restaurant off Hiwassee Street will have its grand opening this Friday complete with alcoholic beverages. Members of the Beer Board are in the process of approving Fresh Start Pizza for its license to serve alcohol. According to reports, the new pizza eatery opens within the next two weeks.

- The “Wild River” documentary premiere by the Historical Society at Walker Valley High School was a success. According to reports, at least a hundred people arrived for the show. Members said there were plenty of new faces in the crowd.