Scotty McCreery’s Hometown Has Set the Table for Celebration
This week's news that Scotty McCreery could remain in Hollywood isn't the only sweet treat for his hometown fans in Garner, N.C. Local grocery chain Lowe's Foods, where McCreery picked up a shift as recently as three-and-a-half weeks ago, provided an eight-by-four foot cake display for the town's 'American Idol' viewing party last Thursday night.
Hundreds of hometown fans gather weekly to learn McCreery's fate, and the 17-year-old's employer -- for now, anyway -- has been more than willing to provide dessert. The scene pictured shows McCreery on the pitcher's mound, where he'd be spending his weeknights if his deep voice and easy smile hadn't brought him to Hollywood. Store manager Terry Mascaro says that the display, which his staff spent 18 hours perfecting, features 750 cupcakes, 24 pounds of cake and 100 pounds of icing. Each of those giant baseballs and the stadium concourse are full of sinful calories.
"His dad was actually at the event last week, and he was able to take pictures and send them to [Scotty's] phone," Mascaro tells Taste of Country. This week the store served dinner in the way of a six-foot submarine sandwich.
"We have our own sub shop here at Lowe's foods, and we're going to name a sub after Scotty," he adds about last night's festivities.
The store has also hung "Vote for Scotty" signs alongside advertisements for store specials on chicken and produce. When customers finish at the register, there's even a little reminder at the bottom of the receipt to vote for their hometown 'Idol.' As for McCreery's baseball team, well, they might want him back soon -- the Garner Trojan varsity team is 3-4 in his absence.