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October 7, 2009

Hamburger cook-off canceled this year

The Uncle Fletch Hamburger Cook-off is a nonstarter this year.

The Hamburger Cook-off Chairman Peggy Gould said the event was called off Tuesday afternoon. She said only two teams entered to compete in the cook-off.

“We were hoping it would be a great success, and people would take pride in Athens,” Gould said. “I don’t know if it is the economy, or people don’t have the time.”

She said the event would have brought national attention to Athens.

“I don’t think people know how important it is to be the ‘Home of the Hamburger.’ I am disappointed,” Gould said.

She said plans are in the works to attempt to hold the cook-off again next year at the East Texas Arboretum and Botanical Society’s Fall Festival.

“We are hoping to ramp up next year, and stir the fires,” Gould said. “I hope we can get it going at the Arboretum again. There are so few family events here.”

The Fall Festival will be held at the Arboretum on Oct. 10 beginning at 9:30 a.m.

The free event will include one performance by the Creature Teacher at 10:30 a.m., a Children’s Area with face painting, games and clowns, free workshops, Dog Show, a Scarecrow Trail, Black-Eyed-Pea Cook-off, Children’s Cook-off, a silent auction, several vendors, Art Show, Classic and New Car exhibit and entertainment provided by Dan Obeidin. Four local authors — Jennifer Neill, Cheri Foster Colburn, Sharon Ellsberry and Viola Palmer— will read selections from their books. They also be available during the day for book signings.

For more information, call the Arboretum at 903-675-5630.

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