Bill & Chrissy Haslam to reign over ‘RC Kingdom’

Gov. Bill and Crissy Haslam will help celebrate the 20th RC Cola / Moon Pie Festival June 21 in Bell Buckle, along with noted country singer Mark Collie, reports the Shelbyville Times-Gazette.

Crissy Haslam, who was in Shelbyville on Tuesday for the groundbreaking of a new library, told the Times-Gazette she was looking forward to the event.

In the past, the festival has crowned an RC Cola King and a Moon Pie Queen. This year, it will have two sets of royalty, with the Haslams crowned “King and Queen of the RC Kingdom” while Collie and original Moon Pie Queen Florence Hall will be “King and Queen of the Moon Pie Kingdom.”

The annual festival, which brings huge crowds to Bell Buckle on the third Saturday of June, includes a parade and a 10-mile run.

This year’s festival will include the return, after several years’ absence, of the “synchronized wading” skits.

… A parade is held at midday, and the king and queen — or, in this case, the kings and queens — are at the end of the parade, disembarking at the town square so that they can go to the coronation ceremony on the stage in a lot behind the town’s storefronts.

The festival wraps up later in the day with the cutting of the world’s largest Moon Pie, which is served to festival-goers.