Few towns, if any, in Tennessee can boast at least a dozen events each year. These events not only offer affordable entertainment, they boost the economy through tourism and offer local non-profit groups an opportunity to raise money, such as Camp Joy, which will be parking cars at Main Street Church of Christ and Jennings-Moore-Cortner Funeral Home on Friday night and Saturday.
June 20-22 this year, will be the granddaddy of them all — the 51st annual Frontier Days celebration.
Headlining the celebration will be the PCA Rodeo at 8 pm on Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22, in Wiseman Park. There will be a mutton bustin’ at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday for cowhands 50 pounds and under, and a calf scramble for kids during the rodeo. IBIS will sponsor fireworks during intermission Saturday night.
This year’s title sponsor is Woody Anderson Ford of Fayetteville. Reduced family friendly prices highlight this year’s event. Children 6 and under are admitted free; ages 7 to 17 are $6; ages 18 and above are $10. Rodeo tickets will be available at Moore County Bank and Farmers Bank, beginning June 15.
The Carnival is always an anticipated part of Frontier Days as well. There will be two “armband” specials — Thursday from 5-10 p.m. and Saturday from noon until 4 p.m., when the young and young-at-heart can ride all of the rides for a flat rate of $12 each day.
Bring a chair and your dancing shoes and enjoy some good music in the cool of the evening on the Square. The popular “4 Way Stop Band” will play from 6-9 p.m. Thursday and there will be other music from 7:30 until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, in addition to clogging and music on the Square during both days.
No celebration is complete without a grand parade, and the Frontier Day Parade is no exception. Joining the parade is free and the Chamber of Commerce welcomes everyone. If you would like to have your frontier costume or your rig judged for a cash prize and ribbon, line up at the Elementary School at 11 a.m. Saturday.
The parade will leave the school at noon and head to town. Tennessee State Parks mascot, Ramble the Raccoon will be in the parade and afterwards he will be meeting and greeting folks around town.
Immediately after the parade, the Moore County fce will present the 2013 winner of the Heart of Gold Citizenship Award on the Moore County Bank Stage. This will be followed by the Chamber of Commerce auction. Eric Fruehauf of Coffee County Realty will be the auctioneer and organizers are excited about the quantity and quality of items to be auctioned. Bring a chair and come ready to bid.
There are many others contests, displays and vendors for your enjoyment too.
The Baby Contest will be Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Gazebo. This will be followed by a Cherry Pie Contest — one entry per person. The first prize is $25. At 1:30 p.m., anyone 12 years old and over can try to be the contestant who eats the most watermelon. The time of the cutest goat and dog contest will be announced closer to the event.
Also on Saturday, the River Chase Posse will try once again to catch those bank robbers at approximately 11:45 a.m., before the Parade. Civil War re-enactors will be strolling the Square in their period costumes, compliments of Honey Bunny’s. Moore County fce will display a variety of Cultural Arts in the Moore County Library from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.
The Moore County News will have a booth set up on Saturday, offering a $3 discount on a yearly subscription. The regular rate for home delivery of the paper in Moore and surrounding counties — including Lincoln, Bedford, Coffee and Franklin — is $23.
Patrons are invited to stop by The News booth from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and take advantage of the discount, grab a copy of the paper, or simply say hello. According to publisher Robert Holman, Frontier Days marks the first of three One Day Sales that The Moore County News has planned this year.
Watch the Moore County News for a complete schedule of events. Information and vendor and crafter applications can be found online at <www.lynchburgtn.com>.
—By JUNE PUGH, For The Moore County News