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Lynchburg’s Holiday Kick Off jump-starts Christmas season

Posted on Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 2:20 pm

June Pugh (left) works at the Taste of Lynchburg on Saturday, while JoyLea Robertson (middle) and Patty Thomas try some of the desserts that where available during Lynchburg’s Holiday Kick Off. Approximately 100 people came through the IBIS building to sample the treats. (Photo Provided)

Getting a jump on the holidays, the Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce hosted its second Holiday Kick Off on Saturday. Hoping to start a new custom in already tradition-rich Lynchburg, organizers used the event as a precursor to the Christmas in Lynchburg celebration, which is planned for Dec. 1.

The chamber gave away limited edition 2012 Christmas ornaments, held the town’s first holiday Taste of Lynchburg contest, held the second-annual Gingerbread House competition, and hosted the always-popular Tour of Homes.

The Tour of Homes – which included visits to four local homes, a log cabin and Lynchburg’s historic Old Jail Museum – was sponsored by the Moore County Historical and Genealogical Society. Proceeds benefited the museum.

“The event during the day … most of the businesses I talked too said it went well,” said Amanda McCullough, who helped organize much of the event. “It was the first time we have had the Taste of Lynchburg in it. We had probably had about 100 people come through. I thought it went good. We made some mistakes … we just try not to repeat them.”

The Taste of Lynchburg was divided into two categories, one for homemade delicacies and one for area businesses.

Finishing first in the business category was the Celtic Cup, of Tullahoma, which featured Applejack Cake. Second place went to Mrs. Mary Bobo’s and featured Carrot Cake, while the Moon Pie General Store was third with its Moon Pie Banana Pudding.

In the homemade category, McCullough took first place with her own Caramel Pecan Pie Dip; Rhonda Page was second with German Chocolate Surprise; and Catherine Blackburn’s homemade fudge was third.

In the second annual Gingerbread House competition, there were two categories as well – Whimsical and Historical.

In the Whimsical category, Marsha Hale and Corie Bondurant won, with their winning creation on display at The Barrel Shop. The runner up was Debbie Hatchet. Her gingerbread house was on display at the Lynchburg Harley Davidson Shop. Goodie 2 Scoops in Tullahoma placed third. Its gingerbread house was on display at Jackie’s Gifts.

In the Historical Category, the new Lynchburg Veterinary Hospital took first place. Southern Perks was second and Cow Patties was third.

The People’s Choice designation in the Gingerbread House competition went to the Knotty Ewe.