After 40 years, the magic is still at Hawkins County Heritage Days, and that magic amounts to food, folks and fun.
Thousands of people jammed downtown Rogersville on Saturday to celebrate the fall season with various events and activities to center around the community harvest season.
A chili cook-off was held on Friday afternoon with a parade featuring children in period costumes following. The final Main Street and Random Rods Car Club cruise-in for the season was held with a car parade later Friday.
On Saturday, the opening ceremony was held on the courthouse lawn on Main Street. Thousands of people packed downtown for display and tastes of crafts, food and much more.
Dr. Jose Velasco was in the “Young’uns Yard” observing the children’s train, or riding lawn mower with cars, on Depot Street.
“I used to take my children to ride the train,” Velasco said. “They really enjoyed it.”
Others were spotted eating everything from ice cream to funnel cakes. Main courses included grilled chicken, burgers, homemade potato chips and more.
Drinks were readily available, whether it be lemonade, sweet tea and hot chocolate. Heritage Lites service organization was selling Coca-Cola products at different locations downtown.
Restaurants in the downtown area were open for festival goers, including the new Red Dog on Main.
First Christian Church had an all-you-can-eat soup bean lunch in the church’s fellowship hall. Donations went to the Hawkins County Relay for Life.
There were dancers and cloggers from around the area in the parking lot of the Hawkins County Courthouse. Dancers included the Tennessee Hoedowners, Southern Fire, Steppin’ Out and others.
Music was aplenty on the main stage in the Town Square stage area. Entertainers included Carson Peters, Newcut Bluegrass Band, the Flying J’s, Love Like This, Andrea Davidson, 2 Crow Moon and Night Moves.
A mixed media art show was held inside the Local Artists Gallery. For history buffs, the 12th Tennessee Calvary Battalion, B Company, Civil War demonstration was in Crockett Spring Park on Saturday.
Sunday’s entertainment begins at noon with Terry Collins, followed by The Gibsons, The English Family, Devoted, the First Christian Church Praise Team and Hope Community Church Worship Team. Sunday’s hours are from noon to 6 p.m. An antique tractor parade around the perimeter of the celebration will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday.