By Paula Walter
The skies were clear this past Saturday for the annual Sunflower Festival held in downtown Mountain City. Despite the heat, 44 vendors set their tables up and put their wares on display early in the morning to be ready for those Johnson Countians who make attending this festival a favorite part of their summertime activities.
Renee Profitt of Rocky Knob Primitives was on hand with her decorated boards, wall hangings, wreaths, soap pumps and other bathroom accessories with her unique décor designs. It wasn’t long before Profitt had sold out of her sunflower sticks made out of tin cans. There were also homemade soaps, hair bows, children’s clothing, jewelry and artwork. Shoppers could find pottery items, essential oils, wooden signs, bread boxes and purchase tickets for a quilt raffle, just to name a few items local crafters had for sale.
Debbie Cornett had a large display of the baby dolls she designs and crafts herself for those looking for a doll for someone special. While some of the reborn dolls and monkey babies can be created in approximately two weeks, some of her creations that are made of silicone can take a month or longer.
“My grandbabies got me into this,” Cornett said with a smile.
Customers have sent Cornett a picture in the past and she has been able to replicate the image onto one of her special dolls. The dolls are very lifelike, and at first glance and touch, some of them appear to be real.
For those who were hungry or waning in the unusually hot summer day, there were cold drinks, ice-cold snowballs and Italian ices, along with hot dogs and sausages. “Most everyone did well, and if they didn’t, they had fun, “ said this year’s Sunflower Festival coordinator, Barbara Coyne.