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Ricefest appeals to growing crowd
Andy Schwartz and Dylan Pritchett of Hampton Island displayed their organically grown vegetables Saturday at Ricefest. - photo by Photo by Joe Parker, Jr.
Riceboro's second annual Ricefest was a little different from the first, but appeared to be just as popular with those who attended.
The 2008 Ricefest, set up around Riceboro City Hall, included inflatable children's attractions, food booths — rice and other treats — a miniature horse, and craft and informational booths.
Last year's Ricefest was in the Riceboro Recreation Center and upon entering, festival-goers were handed a cup to sample rice dishes.
In his welcoming speech, Riceboro Mayor Bill Austin said, "We not only want you to have a great day of fun and food, we expressly want you to tell other family members and friends about the Riceboro Ricefest and put us on your calendar for years to come."
Julie Martin and Mary L. Baggs, both lifelong Riceboro residents, presented histories of the city based on their personal experiences and research.
Chemtall, a sponsor of this year's Ricefest, used the opportunity to explain its new emergency notification system, which will transmit an emergency message to every telephone within a five-mile radius of the plant if an evacuation is necessary.
Hampton Island, another festival sponsor, loaned chef Paul Paskins to offer comments about dishes entered in the rice cook-off. Hampton Island also offered an array of organically grown produce from the development's farm.
Their selection included sugar cane, radishes, collards, squash and other items such as loofah gourds, which produce loofah bath sponges.
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