Claire McNeiland from Life Care at Home in Cleveland won the chili contest, while local firemen judged Steve Augenstein and his grandson Zachary Majeske the winners of the look-alike competition.
The local Veterans of Foreign Wars chapter had a booth at the event, with veterans from World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War available to share stories of their service and answer questions. The group members also performed the presentation of the colors.
“It was a really nice event and really informative,” said Bill Norwood, a veteran of the Korean War and member of the VFW. “Most importantly, we were able to provide the veterans with helpful information about their health care and benefits. We do what we can to help our fellow veterans.”
Other highlights at the festival included a silent auction, a clown, inflatable mazes, arts and crafts for sale, and a fire engine and ambulance for children to tour.
For the hungry, Buffalo Wild Wings, Mark’s Hot Dogs, Smoothie King, Little Caesar’s, Life Care Center of Cleveland and Garden Plaza at Cleveland provided a variety of food.
According to Annette Smith, marketing director, the festival drew a steady stream of community visitors, and several people have since commented on enjoying the fun.
Life Care Center of Cleveland, located at 3530 Keith St., N.W, is one of 25 skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities in Tennessee operated or managed by Life Care Centers of America.