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Lee County Chamber hosts 1st annual 'Sip & Spell Awhile'

The room was buzzing with people who were excited about Thursday's first-ever adult spelling bee. (Source: WALB) The room was buzzing with people who were excited about Thursday's first-ever adult spelling bee. (Source: WALB)
Haley Hydrick Clark (Source: WALB) Haley Hydrick Clark (Source: WALB)
The event raised funds for Lee County library to buy new children's books. And for the Lee County Family Connection to start a new book program. (Source: WALB) The event raised funds for Lee County library to buy new children's books. And for the Lee County Family Connection to start a new book program. (Source: WALB)
Lee County Chamber of Commerce Vice President Lisa Davis (Source: WALB) Lee County Chamber of Commerce Vice President Lisa Davis (Source: WALB)
LEESBURG, GA (WALB) -

Spelling bees are usually reserved for children but the Lee County Chamber gave it an adult spin with the First Annual "Sip & Spell Awhile" at the Lee County Library.

The room was buzzing with people who were excited about Thursday's first-ever adult spelling bee.

"We're looking forward to winning. We want some notoriety," said Haley Hydrick Clark.

That was Clark's sole goal.

Clark represented the Spelly Dogs and made it very clear they weren't the smelly dogs.

But why that name?

"How many times do you say, do you want a T-R-E-A-T? Everyday! Okay then, they know how to spell," said Clark.

And there's your answer.

Clark viewed this as an opportunity to finally win a spelling bee.

"I just always wanted to be in the spelling bee when I was in grammar school. And I never made it, I always got beat out by the same girl so I thought I could just do this spelling bee," said Clark.

And to do so, she would need some strategies.

Clark said her team came with confidence, by reading the dictionary and quizzing her teammates on commonly misspelled words.

Clark enjoys participating in good causes.

"It makes me feel really good. Lee County and Leesburg has been very good to me and Leesburg animal hospital and it makes me feel good to give back to something that's given so much to me," said Clark.

And that was also Lee County Chamber of Commerce Vice President Lisa Davis's mission: to raise funds for Lee County library to buy new children's books. And for the Lee County Family Connection to start a new book program.

"It's a great turnout, everybody seems to be having a blast that's what it's all about. We just wanted everyone to come and have a good time and raise some money for some really good causes," said Davis.

And of course have fun while doing it.

Davis said so far they raised $3500.

And due to the high demand, they already have another event in the works for next year.

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