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“Hymns We Know By Heart,” a Sacred Music songfest, will be held Sunday, Sept. 30, at 4 p.m., on Franklin’s Town Square gazebo. The event is a front porch-style sing-along of familiar hymns and Spirituals, from “Amazing Grace” and “In The Garden” to “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” and “This Little Light.” Cindy Miles and Bobbie Contino will lead the singing, with Lionel Caynon playing keyboard. Bring a hymnal if you wish.

The gazebo is on the corner of Main and Iotla Streets, across from the Macon County Courthouse. Attendees should bring a lawn chair. In case of rain, the audience sits under the gazebo cover.


A $1,000 grand prize is being offered in a poetry contest sponsored by Famous Poets with a total of 50 prizes, totaling more than $4,000. The deadline for entering is Oct. 27.

To enter, send one poem of 21 lines or less to Free Poetry Contest, PO Box 21, Talent, OR 97540. Applicants can also enter at www.famouspoets.com. There is no cost to enter. Be sure your name and address appears on the page with your poem. A winners’ list will be sent to all entrants.

“We are helping poetry, the Cinderella of the Arts, find her glass slipper. Send in a poem you are proud of and we will be honored to read it,” said Poetry Editor Lavender Aurora.

For the second consecutive year, Kaitlyn Anderson was awarded the Grand Champion for her steer at the Macon County Fair.

View more photos from the steer show, the hog show, the rabbit show, the lamb costume show and the Macon County Horse Association's Sunday Show/Competition after the jump!




Bill Thrasher's Carrot Cake was selected as the Grand Champion of the 2012 Macon County Best Cake Contest, held at the Macon County Fair on Saturday, Sept. 15. Seventeen cakes were entered with original recipes. Each entry was viewed and judged individually before they were cut. Then each cake was uncovered and presented to the four judges to view along with a copy of the original recipe. A slice of each entry was cut and divided for each judge to smell and taste. All entries were judged on overall appearance, inside characteristics, flavor, and recipe originality.

This year’s judges were Chris Hedden, April Cocke, Brian Hedden and Gary Taylor. Gloria Thun announced that the winner of the 2012 Best Cake in Macon County was the Carrot Cake baked by Bill Thrasher. He also won last year with his German Chocolate Cake. This was the first time that the same baker has won two years in a row.


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