In Moultrie, Ga. But tobacco companies today, aware of their image as merchants of death, want little to do with festivals. So while small-town festivals celebrating apples, sorghum syrup, chitlins and even kudzu have proliferated, tobacco, as a festival theme, has become about as popular as asbestos. The National Tobacco Festival was killed in by its sponsor, the National Tobacco Council, as part of an effort to avoid public attention. When Richmond citizens wanted to revive the festival, "they didn't want us to use anything with the name tobacco in it," says Dick McClure, an organizer of the festival's successor, the Southern States Autumn Harvest Grand Illuminated Parade. The odd mixture of community pride and dangerous product survives, just barely, in the North Carolina Tobacco Festival of Clarkton, an old tobacco market town.
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As if someone was calling to him, he probably heard the angel's harps and thought a parade was on the way, so Richard Arehart McClure, 76, had to follow. He passed away on December 6, and will surely be missed by his family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Willard D. McClure Pam , Pamela J. Hundley and Lisa Conley-Johnson Dave.