A venture to this state park is on the must-do list for many, the park being the only spot in North America where you can dig for diamonds and other gemstones and keep your finds.
If you were one of the 3,000 folks who packed the Bernice Sculpture Garden and South Main Street on Saturday for the 2nd Annual Cornbread Festival, or even if you weren't, you'll want to know the winners of the cornbread contests, chosen by a panel of celebrity judges and festival attendees.
Best Professional Traditional — Fresh Ideas at Philander Smith.
Best Professional Non-Traditional — Loblolly Creamery.
Best Professional Sweet — Brown Sugar Bake Shop.
Best Professional Overall — Fresh Ideas at Philander Smith.
Best Side Item — The Root.
Best Amateur Sweet — No entries, no winner. And this is my favorite kind of cornbread. Hmph.
Best Amateur Non-Traditional — William Fisher.
Best Amateur Traditional — Terry Wright.
Best Amateur Overall — William Fisher.
Best in Show — Fresh Ideas at Philander Smith, taking home $500.
Amateurs and professionals in the three categories (traditional, non-traditional and sweet) won $100, a T-shirt and a gift basket. Overall winners also won a trophy and a trophy and a cast iron Dutch oven went to The Root for Best Side Item. Best in show also won $500.