Honey Boo Boo tours Warner Robins

Sun News correspondentAugust 15, 2012 

After her TV show’s debut last week, almost every news outlet in the country was talking about Alana Thompson. It seems the child -- a 6-year-old who refers to herself as “Honey Boo Boo” -- has taken the nation by storm.

In case you haven’t heard of Honey Boo Boo, let me explain. She was featured last year on an episode of “Toddlers and Tiaras,” a TLC production that follows children involved in beauty pageants. While usually three children are featured a week, Honey Boo Boo was an instant standout, which led to her own show that premiered last week, “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.”

She is not your typical beauty queen. Honey Boo Boo has a pet pig, drinks a mixture of Mountain Dew and Red Bull that her family calls go-go juice and has a mouthful of sayings like “a dollar makes me holler.” Honey Boo Boo lives with her family in a house that is filled wall-to-wall with bargains her extreme couponing mother, June, has purchased to help fund Honey Boo Boo’s pageants and feasts on road kill deer for supper.

The message boards and talk shows are full of her. Some love her and her family while others are screaming for the Division of Family and Children Services to intervene.

Honey Boo Boo and her family live in McIntyre, and last week’s premier of her new show featured a spot in Macon when the entire family went with Honey Boo Boo’s unwed teenage sister for her sonogram.

An upcoming episode finds Honey Boo Boo in Warner Robins, trying on tiaras and eating cake.

Honey Boo Boo and her mother meet with former Miss Georgia Michaela Lackey and make several stops in Warner Robins as Lackey gives Honey Boo Boo pointers about the pageant world.

At McCall’s restaurant, located on Commercial Circle, they sampled piña colada cake, chocolate caramel cake and banana pudding cake.

Owner Ken McCall was there for the taping of the episode.

“The mother was very cordial and very complimentary about the food,” McCall said. “She even bought some cake to take home to the rest of the family.”

McCall, who was contacted by a TLC producer about setting up the shoot, had never seen Honey Boo Boo on television but had seen the commercials about her program.

Across the street at Gena Jayne --The Chic Boutique, employee Ali Atkinson was working the day Honey Boo Boo, her mom, Lackey and a TV crew came into the store.

Atkinson, who had never heard of Honey Boo Boo before she came shopping, said the child didn’t act as extreme as she does on television.

“She and her mother mainly looked at the jewelry. We don’t sell children’s items, but we have great pageant jewelry. She tried on some shoes playing around.”

Honey Boo Boo and her mother didn’t purchase anything. Lackey came back after the taping to make several purchases.

While people have firm opinions about the child and her television show, Atkinson said for the shops on Commercial Circle, Honey Boo Boo’s shopping trip was just great exposure.

“I don’t think any of us are actually in the shots but you can see the great things we have in the store, and it lets people know that there is great shopping and eating down on Commercial Circle,” she said.

As Honey Boo Boo likes to say, Commercial Circle is “all that and a pack of crackers.”

Or in this case, banana pudding cake.

Contact Alline Kent at 396-2467 or allinekent@cox.net.

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