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McDonough welcomes return of ArtsFest, pound cake contest
by Christine Fonville
April 24, 2014 11:03 AM | 3820 views | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
McDonough resident James Withers.
McDonough resident James Withers.
Staff / Christine Fonville
Staff / Christine Fonville
Henry County residents can enjoy the warmer weather as well as homemade crafts and tasty pound cakes during this year’s McDonough Spring ArtsFest.

The annual event will encompass two days of fun and food this year, with the Tastiest Pound Cake contest happening on Saturday and the Art Festival happening on Sunday.

Both events are sponsored by McDonough Arts.

The contest will offer up sampling of the city’s finest pound cakes with a judging at 3 p.m. by this year’s celebrity chef, Sam Pagan, owner and executive chef at Seasons Bistro.

The contest has grown in popularity since it began, said former McDonough Arts council member Debbie Withers, who said about 50 different cakes were entered for judging last year.

Her husband, James Withers, will be submitting his mother’s blue ribbon-winning, first-place cake recipe in this year’s men’s category.

“My mother, Sarah Withers, who passed away in November, was widely known for her fantastic cooking and hostessing,” he said. “Her family members put together some of her favorite recipes in a cookbook and used her blue ribbon picture from last year’s Tastiest Pound Cake contest as the cover art.”

This year’s judged categories will include ladies’ and men’s divisions for traditional and chocolate pound cakes.

The first-place winners in each category will receive a blue ribbon and $50 prize.

Those interested in participating in the contest can submit an entry form, which can be downloaded at, and recipe to, or bring form, recipe and cake to the Square by 1 p.m.

After filling up on pound cakes on Saturday, residents can stroll through the Square on Sunday during an artist market featuring crafts from local vendors.

“This year’s market will include live music, a silent auction and homemade gifts for sale,” said member Helen Ponce.

A student artist market will also take place, featuring work by student works from Henry County Schools.

“We want the festival to foster the growing and thriving arts environment in the city,” said Ponce.

If you go:
When: Saturday, 1 to 3 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
Where: The McDonough Square
Cost: Free

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