Part Hick, Part Nerd, All Party
Bell Buckle is a great place for a Moon-Pie Festival. A small village composed of equal parts tobacco farmers and prep school students, Bell Buckle possesses a real sense of fun and lack of shame that makes it the envy of larger metropoles. It also has a nice open central area that's perfect for a party.
Southern Livin(silent g)
Bell Buckle (and other small towns in Middle Tennessee) is just a little place full of friendly folk, good food, fun times, and shirts for sale. Buy a shirt -- just don't buy a torn Def Leppard tank top. Also, don't make fun of how we Tennesseans believe that the g in -ing is silent. Running is pronounced Runnin. We know the g is there; we just don't pronounce it, much as you don't pronounce the k in knight. We're not lazy, we're grammatically correct!
The Moon Pie Queen Beauty Pageant
Beauty pageants are hardly offbeat. Nothing says mainstream middle America like a good beauty pageant. Like them or not, you can't deny the splendour involved and the pride each town feels as they crown their 'Miss ______'
Which is another reason why Bell Buckle is so special. You see, in Bell Buckle, they have a pageant to choose the 'Moon Pie Queen' and the 'RC King'. The catch? The Moon Pie Queen is a guy dressed in drag! It's so great, particularly for a small town so deep in Dixie. So, here is the happy couple for 1995! Congratulations!
Historic Bell Buckle, TN
"Nice, Small Southern Town"
I came here with friends for the Arts & Crafts Festival, and found it was easy to fall in love with this quaint town. The local festivals are the stuff of small-town lore - seriously, an "RC Cola and Moon Pie" festival? How great is that? About 1.5 hours from Nashville, I am looking forward to returning to explore further.
Bell Buckle, Tennessee
Bell Buckle -- The Moon Pie Festival
The Moon-Pie is a special sort of Southern delicacy. Born in Chattanooga and found all over civilization (ie, the Deep South), the Moon-Pie is a heavenly pastry made of gooey marshmellow squished between soft flat cookies, and coated in flavored icing, either chocolate, vanilla, banana, or somethimes lemon and cherry. Traditionally served with RC Cola, the Moon-Pie is as important a part of Southern life as cornbread, catfish, sweet tea, rockin' chairs, and magnolia trees.
In Bell Buckle, Tennessee, a small hamlet in the hills of Bedford County, the locals produce the world's only Moon-Pie Festival. In 1995, they celebrated the 75th anniversary of the tasty treat. In its honour were staged live bands, shopping, and even the crowning of a Moon-Pie Queen! And of course, RC and Moon-Pies for everyone!
If you want to attend the Moon-Pie Festival yourself, then head on down to Bell Buckle on the Third Saturday in June (the day before Fathers' Day).