The Music Tent
This year’s line-up at the Music Tent offers some new twists and some tried and true favorites.
To start off, for the first time we will run our own sound system which will be a combination of loaned, rented, and borrowed equipment. In the past we have relied on one of the bands to provide the sound system for us. This along with a dedicated power supply for the stage will give us greater control over the output. We will also “plug in” to the bell tower speakers which will be used for general announcements and to broadcast awards. We experimented with this last year and found that it can cover the campus if properly used. The auto show will have a mini system for making their announcements.
As far as the musical talent, Concrete and Stone with Wally Wright (variety of oldies, country and rock) will cover the morning slot (roughly 10-12), with Sue and The Lenders (ladies doo-wop, oldies) taking the stage around 12:30-2:00. Two to four will be reserved for announcements, local talent, and a special square dancing demonstration. Come prepared to tap your toes, clap your hands, and sing along with this year’s line-up. By Trip Jones
After a successful 2016 antique car and truck show with seventy-two participants on display, plans are under way for the 2017 show on September 30th. The show is for vehicles that were built prior to 1990 and includes both cars and trucks. This past year automobiles ranged from a 1922 Model T Ford to a 1972 Buick GS Convertible; Trucks included those built from 1940 to 1980; and muscle cars from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s.
All antique car enthusiasts are encouraged to bring your restored, or even partially restored car or truck, to show it off. There is no entry fee and all are encouraged to show off your “Labor of Love”.
Trophies will be awarded for a Show Favorite to be chosen by fair visitors, Judges Choice Best Car, Judges Choice Best Truck, and Best Story about the history of the vehicle and its restoration. Before and after pictures or scrapbooks about the restoration or history are encouraged. An hourly drawing from the registered entrants will be held for gift certificates and surprise gifts.
8:00 – 9:30 a.m./Registration 10:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m./Show
Award Presentations at 2:45 p.m.
Even if you do not have an antique vehicle, come take a walk in the automotive past.
By: Snowden “Butch” Carruthers
We are excited to have three new food vendors this year, Double D’s with their barbeque and pork rinds, Twisted Sister’s chicken salad and homemade desert and Swan Fudge’s fudge and gourmet popcorn. Returning will be Smokin D’s barbecue, El Toro Taco’s Mexican food, Greenwood A.M.E. Church catfish plates, Jameson’s cotton candy, and Jack Frost snow cones and ice cream.
Based on last year’s crowd, vendors will be ready with both great food and good service.
By: Denna Krosp
Agriculture Equipment Exhibits
This year, the farm and military equipment exhibits are planned to be larger and more interactive than last year with help from the Young Farmers of America and Farm Bureau of Tennessee. We will literally have something for everyone. There will be old and new tractors on exhibit from John Deere to Case to Ford to Kubota. The goal is to show how, as technology has advanced, farmers have been able to be more productive.
We will have John Deere tractors ranging from the 3020 series to the 6030 series. This part of our exhibit shows part of the transition in agriculture from the smaller yet powerful tractors in the 1960s and 1970s to the larger, turbo-charged tractors that allowed farmers to cover more land with larger planters, sprayers and other equipment. Most of these tractors will be exhibited by families who have kept them for decades and plan to keep them in the family.
An additional attraction to the agriculture exhibit this year will be Farm Bureau’s mobile AgSimulator. This exhibit will be hosted by the Young Farmers of America (another Farm Bureau program) and will allow those who chose to participate to experience what it feels like to harvest a crop.
On the other end of the spectrum, we will also have a display of vintage equipment from the early part of the last century. While some tend to just walk by without really looking at these implements, this equipment is part of our past and part of the path that has gotten us to the modern equipment that is used today. In many cases, this equipment is still in working condition. By: Bonnie Osborn Briggs
TRA 5K Run: Episode V
Grab your shoes and prepare for light speed as we hit the roads for the 5th Annual Rebel Run 5K. The flat, family friendly course is welcoming for Jedi of all sizes. The 5K will blast off at 8:00 a.m., followed by the younglings’ fun run at 9:15 a.m. A new start/finish location this year will move runners closer to all the action of the TRA Carnival and the Country Fair. Awards will be presented at 9:45 a.m. at the Country Fair main stage.
Once again TRA is excited about the opportunity to combine the fall carnival with H.A.R.E. and the Country Fair. TRA is proud to be able to provide not only additional options for families on this day, but also support H.A.R.E. with volunteers to ensure the day is a success for everyone. It is shaping up to be another great day to be together with friends and family in Rosemark, and TRA could not be more proud to be a part of it. You can pre-register for the TRA 5K at: www.racesonline.com or register on run day (September 30th) on campus from 7:00 a.m. – 7:45 a.m. By: Andrew Womack
5K Run Route – a VTS Timing Event
The start line is on the school campus between the elementary building and the high school. After making a loop on the campus the route goes to Rosemark Rd. Run north (to your right) on Rosemark to Mudville Rd. Turn right on Mudville to Barret Rd. Turn right on Barret to Gragg Rd. then right on Gragg to Rosemark Rd. and return to the start line. We will have signs out warning of delays on Rosemark Road between 8:00-9:00. Signs will be put out at the beginning of the week of September 25th so people can prepare.