Hawkins County Heritage Days begins Friday

A band plays at the 2020 Heritage Days in Rogersville.

A Hawkins County tradition continues Friday.

The 42nd Annual Hawkins County Heritage Days will take place in the Town Square and in downtown Rogersville. There will be crafts, food and much more.

Grand presenters are TVA John Sevier Plant, Ballad Health, The Rogersville Review and the Tennessee Arts Commission. This year’s theme is “Healthcare Heroes through the Ages.”

The event begins Friday afternoon with a chili cook-off from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Hale Springs Inn courtyard with entertainment by Jeff Orr. Chili samples will be available to the public at 5 p.m. Awards will be given, including a “People’s Choice.”

A children’s costume contest and parade will also take place with registration at 5 p.m. Friday.

Rogersville Main Street and Random Rods Car Club will host the final Cruise-In of the season with a parade of more than 100 vintage automobiles (pre 1980) from 6-9 p.m. Participants are invited to visit the Rogersville Main Street booth in the Town Square to vote for “People’s Choice,” to be awarded at the close of the evening. Entertainment will be provided on the main stage by “Night Moves” The main musical stage is sponsored by Eastman Credit Union and Rogersville Chevrolet-Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep.

The 2021 Heritage Days Mixed Media Regional Art Show will feature painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, needlework, fiber art, glass and other three dimensional art forms Friday and Saturday. The entries among different age divisions will be displayed in the Local Artists Gallery, located at the corner of Main and Church streets. Each age group winner will receive a ribbon and a $50 prize from Appalachian Community Federal Credit Union, the event sponsor. All school age winners will also receive a $50 donation to their respective school’s art department. There will also be a special category for U.S. Veterans with $50 awarded to the winner, as well as a $50 donation to the artist’s local Veterans Affairs office.

The top overall winner will receive a $100 cash prize for “Best in Show.”

The Heritage Days Quilt Show, sponsored by Hawkins County Natural Gas, returns this year. It will be held in the historic Hawkins County Courthouse.

On Saturday, Oct. 9, the festival’s opening ceremony, sponsored by U-Save Drugs, will begin at 10 a.m. on the courthouse lawn. Uniformed representatives of the Sons of the American Revolution, accompanied by the Cherokee High School Chorale, will conduct a flag ceremony followed by the singing of the National Anthem, and invocation by Sheldon Livesay of Of One Accord Ministries.

The festival opens immediately after the ceremony with hosts of demonstrators highlighting heritage skills in the demonstrator’s yard including a living history exhibition, blacksmiths, chicken scratch demonstration, Copper Building, onsite apple butter stir and many more. The Demonstrator’s Yard sponsored by Holston Electric Cooperative/HolstonConnect.

The Davis Grist Mill and Antique Farm Exhibit will be on display on South Depot Street and Artisan Craft booths will line four blocks of Main and Church Streets. The Yates Agency, Camille Carpenter, Young’uns Yard will offer old-fashioned games, inflatables, balloon art, the Heritage Train and face painting.

More than 100 crafts artists will present a variety of hand-made items for purchase. There will also be crafts demonstrations.

Plenty of music abounds with country and bluegrass music Saturday on the main stage in the Town Square. The Square will also host gospel music Sunday afternoon.

A clogging and dancing area will be located on Depot Street, along with the Young’Uns Yard with children’s activities. A train will also give children and their parents rides for a small donation.

Crockett Spring Park will host Civil War reenactors of the Company of the 12th Tennessee Cavalry Battalion. B Company will set up an encampment on Friday evening. Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., they will perform War skirmishes, Cavalry and artillery demonstrations, saber drills and practice maneuvers.

The ever-popular food booths will be available along Depot Street with everything from corn dogs to full meals. Downtown restaurants will be open during the festival, including the Hale Springs Inn/McKinney’s Tavern. Tours of the Inn will also be available.

Participants are encouraged to wear masks and to practice social distancing during the event.

Heritage Days Schedule

Friday, Oct 8

6 p.m. - Cruise Inn on the Square. Cruise through the historic district.

6 p.m. - 9 p.m. - Night Moves to perform on the Main Stage beside Hale Spring Inn.

Saturday, Oct 9

10 a.m. - Opening ceremony - Tennessee Sons of the American Revolution Color Guard, CHS

Drum Corps, National Anthem and Invocation

10 a.m. - 6 p.m. - Craft Booths, Food Court, Demonstrators Yard, and Young’Uns Yard, Antique

Farm Equipment Show, Mixed Media Art Show, Dance Stage, and Music on the Main Stage.

12 p.m. - Antique Tractor Parade

9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. - Performance by the 12th Tennessee Cavalry Battalion -Crockett Spring Park

- South Rogers Street

Sunday, Oct 10

12 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Craft Booths, Food Court, Demonstrators Yard, and Young’Uns Yard, Antique

Farm Equipment Show, Mixed Media Art Show, Dance Stage, and Music on the Main Stage.

2 p.m. - Antique Tractor Parade

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