By Charlotte Smith
The Bladenboro Spring Fling drew a crowd Saturday in downtown Bladenboro. Live entertainment, food and craft vendors, with plenty of other happenings going on kept the crowd busy.
The event started at 10 with clouds in the morning sky. There were close to forty vendors lining the downtown area, according to Paige Burney, one of the organizers. Penny Walters, chairman of the annual event was seen smiling and talking with people in the crowd before getting down to business with the two baking contests.
Walters had announced when organizing the event there would be contests for the “Best Biscuit” and “Best Pound Cake ” bakers this year. Last year, Gwen Williams won the “Best Biscuit Baker” contest, but did not enter a biscuit this year according to the contest officials.
Winners of the baking contests were announced mid-day. Wendy Dockery won the Pound Cake Baking contest and Cynthia Singletary won the Biscuit Baking Contest.
They both won plaques for their victories and $100 cash prize. Mrs. Singletary donated her cash prize back to the Boost the Boro non-profit hosting the event.
Singletary gave us the scope on her award winning recipe for biscuit baking.
“I’m not biscuit baker,” Singletary stated. She admitted the fact she used self rising flour in her recipe. She said it is not generally used when baking biscuits from scratch.
Singletary added she really just threw some stuff together to enter the contest. She said all she used was about 2 1/2 cups of self rising flour, 3/4 cup of lard, one (1) cup buttermilk and a teaspoon of sugar.
Title holder, Best Pound Cake Baker, Dockery gave us her award winning recipe too. View it here in this photo below.
Live entertainment continued throughout the day with local talented singers. Then from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. with Gary Lowder & the Smokin Hot took the stage.
View some of the happenings at the event on our YouTube Channel: