Baker Heritage Festival draws record crowd, exhibitors (PHOTOS)

Published: Monday, November 4, 2013 at 05:56 PM.

James and Susie Lowery, who visited from Red Level, Ala., enjoyed sampling Georgia cornbread at Betty McLeod's stand. The Baker woman was one of several vendors selling the sweet cake.

"This is good," James Lowery said.

Mayberry to NW Florida

Many attendees were delighted to see former Okaloosa County Supervisor of Elections Elsie Garrett; ill health had kept her homebound for nearly two years.

She joined her husband, J.T., who displayed his vintage 1960s Ford Galaxy police car, with a "Mayberry Sheriff's Office" seal. He costumed as Barney Fife, the deputy on "The Andy Griffith Show."

"I think more people are happier to see Elsie than me," J.T. said.

Inside Heritage Park's log cabins, Florida State Parks re-enactor Anne Harvey cooked a traditional harvest stew of apples, prunes, rice and pork meat over the open hearth.

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