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UNION — A chicken stew sale to raise funds for an upcoming festival proved successful on Thursday.

USC Union sold quarts of chicken stew in the university’s Main Building on Thursday afternoon to raise funds for the 4th Annual Upcountry Literary Festival, which will take place Friday, March 21, and Saturday, March 22.

Festival committee chair Randy Ivey reported that the chicken stew sold out during Thursday’s fundraiser. Ivey pointed out that J.W. Crisp, Brian Stalnaker, John Parris and Julian Ivey took time out of their schedules to make the stew.

“These selfless, hard-working members of the Union Shrine Club helped us raise funds for the 2014 Upcountry Literary Festival,” Ivey said.

The keynote speaker for this year’s festival will be Ronni Lundy, a famed expert on Southern cooking and culture.

As a music critic for the Louisville Times in the early 1990s, Lundy focused on Americana, covering artists like Emmylou Harris and Dwight Yoakam, and also found the food that supported the music around the South. In her first book, “Shuck Beans, Stack Cakes and Honest Fried Chicken: The Heart and Soul of Southern Country Kitchens,” Lundy displays her love of food, as well as country and bluegrass music. It was named one of the six essential cookbooks about Southern food by Gourmet Magazine, and is one of Lundy’s many award-winning cookbooks.

Along with Ronni Lundy, the Literary Festival will feature an assortment of authors, poets, and musicians.

The event is free to everyone and will be held in the auditorium at USC Union.

For more information about the festival, visit

Derik Vanderford can be reached at 864-427-1234, Ext. 29.

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