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Salem Garden Club celebrates Fall Jamboree and Log Cabin Tour

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If you missed Salem’s 2013 Fall Jamboree, BBQ Cook-Off and Log Cabin Tour you missed a great weekend. Cool temps put a damper on things early Saturday morning but the sun came out by noon. The BBQ teams had to hunker down Friday night to protect their cookers and themselves from the wind and rain. By 11:00 Saturday morning the weather cleared and the winner’s announced. Todd Riley and his Big Blue BBQ team of Marion took the grand champion trophy which was presented by Rose Dempsey of Farmers Bank. They won first place in the chicken and rib category. Melvin Conner of Marion won first place in pulled pork. Mark Cope of Paducah took second place in chicken and pulled pork. Cash prizes were presented by Salem Garden Club. The weather on Sunday was perfect for the Log Cabin Tour. Four cabins were open to the public.


Proceeds from ticket sales will be used to start a scholarship fund for a Livingston Central senior who plans to attend college in the field of horticulture or agriculture. This has been a dream of the Garden Club for some time.

Livingston Co. Superintendent, Darryl Chittenden and his wife Sheila, welcomed people to their family cabin on 791 Bethel Hill Road in Livingston County. The cabin was originally built on Lola Road by his great grand- parents, James Willis and Eliza Jane Chittenden, in the 1870’s.

Over the years additions were built onto the cabin completely surrounding and concealing the original structure. In 1995 Darryl’s sister, Jennifer and her husband Brent Ferrell decided to build their new house where the old home place was. The house was in a state of disrepair and was torn down in June exposing the original logs. At that time Darryl and Sheila decided to save the logs with plans to restore the cabin. It was then moved to its current Bethel Hill location.

The week before Thanksgiving in November 1995, Amish workers began restoration of the cabin. Just before Christmas the Chittenden family had a Christmas gathering in the newly refurbished cabin. This was the first of many family gatherings in the old log home.

The Salem Garden Club wants to thank everyone who participated in our weekend of events. A special thanks to Eddie & Linda Defew, Ronnie & Sharon Slayden, Roy and Pam Buijk and the Chittenden family for sharing their log homes with us.

If you are interested in donating to the scholarship fund please contact Beverly Wallace, 988-1895 or mail your donation to Salem Garden Club, P.O. Box 449, Salem, Ky. 

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