While attendance at the Charlie Pecan Festival was lighter than in years past, bidders in the dessert and crafts auction stepped up, raising $5,690 for the Charlie-Thornberry Volunteer Fire Department.
The annual event is hosted each November by the Red River Farm Trail.
The event began at 1 p.m. with a presentation by Clay County pecan grower Tim Montz, focusing on issues producers have faced this year. Montz is president of the Texas Pecan Growers Association.
Delores and Sharon Tucker took first place in the Pecan Festival bake-off with a recipe for pecan creams, followed by Mr. Smart and Vickie Young in second and third, respectively, with pecan pies.
The Red River Farm Trail organization did away with the pecan relay race this year, instead offering “Pecan Pitch”. Teams of three people each lined up across from each other. One team member pitched pecans to a seated member across the way. One the seated member caught five pecans, he shelled and handed the nuts to another team member, who then fashioned a pecan pie out of Play Doh. The firs team to “deliver” the pie won.
The Henrietta and Clay County Chamber of Commerce team took first place. Team members were Tabitha Pierce, Duane Covert and Cathy Pierce. The team of Jerry Tucker, Frank Smith and Chad Young finished second, followed by Sheriff Kenny Lemons, Deputy Ronnie Pullin and Tim Montz in third.