Cornbread, Chili, Cornhole – bringing locals together
– 2nd Annual Wellborn Cornbread Festival

The Cornhole Tournaments offered cash prizes totaling $1000 for Competitive and $500 for Novice and InterMediate. There was no shortage of players as eager participants competed to bring home the cash. -SVT Photo by Tami Stevenson

A live scarecrow! Mark Mundy aptly played the part and said he was having more fun than anybody there!
-SVT Photo by Tami Stevenson

By Tami Stevenson

The Second Annual Cornbread Festival in Wellborn, sponsored by the Wellborn Community Association (WCA), saw great crowds and beautiful weather this year. With live music and plenty of sunshine, blueberry pancakes, cornhole tournaments, chili and cornbread cook-offs, not to mention the arts and crafts booths and children’s area, there was something for everyone last Saturday, November 5, at Andrews Square in Wellborn.


This year they featured a “Just Christmas” craft market inside the main building, organized by Patty DeWitt.


Volunteers in the chili and cornbread tent were busy getting samples ready for the long line that had formed outside. Entrants competed for cash prizes totaling $500 for the chili and $500 in prizes for the cornbread winners. Visitors paid $5.00 for a chance to sample and vote on the seven entries for the chili cook-off and the eight entries for the cornbread competition. Needless to say, no one went away hungry.


At the same time, the cornhole tournaments were underway. This year the WCA offered two tournaments with cash prizes totaling $1000 for Competitive and $500 for Novice and InterMediate. There was no shortage of players as eager participants competed to bring home the cash.
Pro player Ricky Jernigan helped organize the cornhole tournaments.


Annita Leonard, WCA secretary and event organizer said, “We couldn’t have gotten this (cornhole tournaments) done without him or Sunshine,” said Leonard.


Jernigan was recently elected to City Council, District 14, in Columbia County. A swearing in ceremony will be held for Jernigan on November 21, at 6 p.m., at the school board office in Lake City.


Hearthstone Gardens owners Judy and Mark Mundy donated scarecrows for the event, even a live one! Mark Mundy aptly played the part and said he was having more fun than anybody there!


RIVEROAK Technical College had a booth as well as entries for the chili and cornbread cook-offs. Autobody Instructor Joe Ragan, Culinary Arts Instructor John Sinclair and Financial Aid Officer Ashley Kirby were manning the booth talking to visitors. They said they are looking for and inviting more adult students, veterans and anyone that has graduated and is not sure what they want to do, what career they want. They encouraged them to consider the many programs and career paths they offer.


“The demand is there, in every field,” said Ragan. He also added that RIVEROAK has a lot of articulation agreements with other colleges like the University of Florida. So a student could begin at RIVEROAK in their nursing program, for example, and continue their education at UF.
Leonard, along with WCA President Mayso Martin, said they were very happy with the turn-out. They were grateful for the nice weather and all of the volunteers, vendors and participants that helped make this festival possible.

                       Cornbread Winners

1st RiverOak College  $300.00    
2nd  Diana Salamone                                 $150.00

3rd 100 Acres Sweets                                 $50.00 

                               Chili Winners 

1st  Martha Tucker                                  $300.00

2nd RiverOak College          $150.00  

3rd 100 Acres Sweets                             $50.00

Cornhole Winners
                                Competitive

1st   Curt Ekl                                        $250.00
1st   Shane Malchiodi                          $250.00

2nd  AJ Glass                                      $150.00
2nd Chan Span                                    $150.00

3rd  Andy Buergo                                $100.00
3rd   Sanatha Desangles                     $100.00

                       Novice and InterMediate
                            

1st  Brady Wilkerson                             $150.00
1st  Trace Wilkerson                              $150.00

2nd  Sunshine Dicks                              $75.00 
2nd  Robert Barnes                                $75.00

3rd  Mary Spin                                        $25.00
3rd  Josh Bronker                                   $25.00

L-R: Dorothy Ellis sitting with her daughter, WCA event organizer Annita Leonard at the Cornbread Festival, Saturday. -SVT Photo by Tami Stevenson

 

Volunteers were busy getting chili and cornbread samples ready for hungry voters lined up outside the tent. Donna Denton organized the chili and the cornbread cook-off. -SVT Photo by Tami Stevenson

L-R: Robyn Martin and Mya Hawkins were working in the Country Store. Robyn comes up from Hollywood, Florida to help with the festivals. Her father, Mayso Martin, is the Wellborn Community Association (WCA) President and she loves to help out. -SVT Photo by Tami Stevenson

Above Photo: PJ Carter and Shailyn Carter recently moved to the area and were enjoying the day at the Wellborn Cornbread Festival - SVT Photo by Tami Stevenson