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J.J. Cook | Sweet Pepper Festival
Author Guest / January 13, 2015

For three days during the month of October each year, the little town of Sweet Pepper, Tennessee hosts their Sweet Pepper Festival where the hot pepper is king! The weather is mild and the trees are glorious in their full fall foliage of gold, red, and green. The festival boasts pepper-eating contests that range from mild to some of the hottest peppers in the world. Competitors come from everywhere to participate. Just watching them is funny, even if you don’t want to join in!  Bushels of the hottest, sweetest peppers in the world grown by local farmers are available for sale, along with local, mountain-grown apples. There is even a water tower shaped like a hot pepper, and a parade that is led by the sweet Pepper queen and her court which winds down Main Street past some of the cutest shops you’ll ever see, The festival is held in the center of town. Vendors from across Tennessee come to visit to play their wares and show off their skills. There are dozens of contests, games, and music. You can also take your pick of every kind of food that can be made with hot peppers – chocolate-covered peppers, pickled…