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Saturday festivals celebrate food, history, community service

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Taylorsville residents line up for barbecue at the 3rd annual Grillin' & Chillin' BBQ Festival Saturday. Taylorsville residents line up for barbecue at the 3rd annual Grillin' & Chillin' BBQ Festival Saturday.

Saturday was a beautiful day for any type of outdoor festival and there were plenty of them here in the Pine Belt. In Covington County, the folks in Seminary celebrated the beginnings of their town during the 26th annual Founder's Day Festival. Visitors enjoyed lots of different types of food, arts and crafts and live entertainment. "We're a small town, have a small town atmosphere...we just want to have a place where people can be safe and have fun, get together and just grow with one another," said Jeremy Johnson, entertainment director for Founder's Day. 

"I actually graduated from here in 1984 and I have a lot of family and friends here, so I just love coming back here every year," said Tim Rayner, a vendor who was selling various food items at the event.

Nearby in Ellisville, a local service organization raised money for some of its community service projects by hosting an annual arts and crafts and food event. The 17th Rotaryfest featured about 50 vendors, with lots of homemade items to sell. Some local charities also hosted booths.

"The main thing we do is fund our scholarships that we give to Jones (County) Junior College each year and we also sponsor a Boy Scout troop here and we have used these proceeds to pay for a new building for it," said Charlie Pair, president of the Ellisville Rotary Club.

And in Smith County, all eyes and tastebuds were on barbecue, as the town of Taylorsville hosted an annual food festival that's growing in popularity. Thousands of folks sampled barbecue from nearly a dozen competitors at the 3rd Grillin' & Chillin' BBQ Festival.

Contestants from the Coast to the Capital were judged on their barbecue recipes in several categories. There were also plenty of arts and crafts vendors and many activities and carnival rides for children.

The event raises funds for the Taylorsvlle Chamber of Commerce.

"Three years ago we started the festival with a good crowd, a good band, good barbecue competitors and every year, it's just grown," said Karen Ware, with the Taylorsville Chamber of Commerce. "We've gotten more and more people involved and that's our plans for the future. We just want to see it continue to grow," she said.

The festival wrapped up with live music. 

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