Around the age of ten or eleven I was down south with my grandmother. Every summer she took me on a two or three week vacation. We were in some kind of motor-court (the word motel was still a rarity) and I met this kid about the same age as me. I remember his red hair and his big grin. And he was drinking an RC Cola and eating a moon pie. I’d never heard of a moon pie. He offered me a bite. That’s why I never forgot him. Yummmmy!
What I found out later, an RC and a moon pie was the “working-man’s” lunch down south. They even had a popular song recorded in the early ‘50s called “RC and a Moon Pie.”
The artist who recorded it was “Big” Bill Lister and when I first heard the lyrics I couldn’t believe a song with such dirty lyrics could be released to the public. For years I would hear those words, “Give me an RC Cola and a Moon Pie, I’m playing with Mable on the hill. I’ll catch that freight train on the blind and leave my corn down at the mill.”
It took a few years to learn that a popular bluegrass tune of the day was “Maple On The Hill.” Yeah, it was a song about a tree. And “Big” Bill Lister was saying he was playing “Maple On the Hill.” My Bad!
So this old timey RC/Moon Pie thing is still huge down south. Mobile, Alabama celebrates New Year’s Eve by raising a 12 foot tall lighted mechanical Moon Pie on a crane to a height of 200 feet as the clock strikes midnight.
There are lots of Moon Pie eating contests down south. In Caruthersville, Missouri a lady won by eating 38 Moon Pies in eight minutes.
Many of the Mardi Gras parades feature Moon Pies being thrown from the floats.
Moon Pie Festivals sound like fun. In fact here’s a quick look at the annual RC and Moon Pie Festival in Bell Buckle, Tennessee. Check it out: http://youtu.be/R4ZZpdN2zkc
Guess what? Believe it or not you can buy a 24 count box of Moon Pies on Amazon. Maybe I can get a drone to bring them to me fast.