LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — June 20 is the first official day of summer, but in Lynchburg, for 54 years, summer has officially begun with Frontier Days. This year will be no different. There will be four nights and one full day of family fun beginning on Thursday, June 22 and running through Saturday, June 25 as summer gets a kick start.
This event, which is loved by the young and the young at heart, is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. Carnival Thyme Amusements returns this year with a $20 arm band from 6 to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and from 4 to 10 p.m. on Saturday. Featured new this year are camel and pony rides for $5. Buggy rides, which can include a historic tour, are also available.
It wouldn’t be a Lynchburg event without music.
Everyone’s favorite gospel group, The Cavaliers, will perform Thursday night. On Friday and Saturday nights there will be clogging followed by street dancing from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Blue grass music will be performed on Saturday during the day.
Old favorite games and contests will make return appearances on Saturday, including the baby contest for 4 years and under; free games for children 9 and under; a watermelon eating contest for 9 and over; and at 11:15 a.m. the Kids Gold Rush, where children 8 and under can fill their pockets with change under the watchful eye of the River Chase Posse.
This will be followed by the “Marshall’s” safety presentation and a western shootout in front of the Old Jail Museum. The annual dog and cutest goat contest for ribbons and prize money will be held at 3 p.m.
The Chamber’s live auction has 90-plus very different items this year from Tennessee and Kentucky. For example, you can bid on a truck load of Rogers Gravel, a 4-foot tub to detox your body or $100 off your propane bill. Bring a chair and your pocketbook. Money from the auction helps the Chamber assist high school students who want to take advanced classes at Motlow. It also helps fund next year’s event.
The prestigious 7th annual fce Heart of Gold Citizenship award will be presented Saturday at noon, just prior to the auction. Come and see which of Moore County’s fine citizens will be honored this year.
Also, the Moore County Cultural Arts Exhibit, sponsored by fce, will be judged and available for viewing at the Moore County Library all day Saturday. For information regarding submitting items for the exhibit, contact the County Extension Office at (931) 759-7163.
The 2016 Frontier Queen, one of four MCHS students, will be announced at 7 p.m. Friday evening.
View fireworks from the Square at 9:30 Saturday night. Thanks to IBIS for sponsoring the display and to Bill Henshaw for allowing the use of his property. The carnival rides will continue until at least 10 p.m.
Beginning late Friday afternoon and all day Saturday, there will be no access to the Square at the traffic light or by the post office. The Square can be reached from both directions on Main Street and can be exited at the traffic light or on Main Street. Volunteers will be parking cars to raise money for Camp Joy and for the MCHS Band.
Vendor space is still available. Applications, as well as an event schedule, can be found at <www.lynchburgtn.com>. Non-profit vendors may contact Candy no later than June 15th to reserve a space. Call (931) 433-8461 between 7 and 9 p.m. only.
—By JUNE PUGH, MCN Correspondent