From left to right: Macie Cashion, Abby Neal, MacKenzie Perkins, and 2019 Frontier Queen Emilee Moorehead. Photo by Jeff Reed
By Sarah Raymond
Lynchburg celebrated the return of Frontier Freedom Days on the square this past weekend. Vendors from the surrounding area came with their goods so that visitors who were enjoying the beautiful weather could see the many beautiful treasures that
they had to offer.
Items distributed by the vendors included Jack Daniel’s free hand sanitizer, handmade pottery, knives, jewelry, home décor, and fragrance lamps. As guests perused the items, live performers Sarah Pearson and Luke Ledbetter played country music on a stage by the courthouse. Both of these performers will also be at the Lynchburg Music Fest on July 8-10.
The Frontier Queen Contest, a longtime tradition, had four contestants who managed to collect over $8,100: Kendall Dangerfield – class of 2022, MacKenzie Perkins – class of 2023, Abby Neal – class of 2024, and Macie Cashion – class of 2025. Abby Neal was crowned queen, after collecting $3,306, by 2019 Frontier Queen Emilee Moorehead. The money from the Frontier Queen contest will go toward a great cause as it will support these girls’ classes. According to Candy Richard, Coordinator for the Frontier Queen contest, “I want to express to parents and classmates that will be involved with their children next year
that 100 percent of these funds goes to your child’s class. Class sponsors determine how the money is split based on the number of kids who work, the hours worked, and the money that the class already has in their account prior to this event. I encourage you to participate and be a part of this because it’s for your child too. Congratulations
to Macie Cashion, Abby Neal, Mackenzie Perkins, and Kendall Dangerfield for all the hard work they did in raising money for their class. Their hard work paid off and it showed. Job well done, girls, and I know your parents, classmates and sponsors are as proud of you as I am.”
Keith Moses added, “The Chamber wants to thank Candy Richard for coordinating this event and to thank Lisa Moorehead for serving as the school liaison.”
One of the highlights of the event was the pet contest that took place Saturday morning. Beagles, Pomeranians, Australian Shepherds, and goats alike were brought to the event to compete. The participants were awarded based on categories such as longest tail, oldest, most talkative, most patriotic, longest ears, and best lookalike. Pet owners of all ages proudly brought their best animal friends to talk about how they had obtained their pets. The contest was led by Barbara Patton of IBIS, and three judges worked together to decide who got which award.
Throughout Saturday’s portion of Frontier Days, a dunk tank was available, the profits of which went to the girls’ fast-pitch softball team. EMS Director Jason Deal, Sherriff Tyler Hatfield, Pastor Bob Jared, and more allowed themselves to be dunked for a good cause and provided everyone with a few good laughs. Other attractions included bungee jumping, food trucks, a small train for parents to ride with their children, and a water-ball ride. Eric and Wendy Fruehauf led a live auction, the
profits from which also went to good causes such as scholarships and nonprofits.
Businesses from Lynchburg, Tullahoma, Nashville, Chattanooga, Fayetteville, Bowling Green, Gatlinburg, Louisville, and Shelbyville came together to donate items such as gift certificates, tickets, a grill, and meals for the bidding.
The event concluded in true July-fourth fashion with fireworks. Many people dedicated their time to bring this event to fruition, and they look forward to seeing the event return next year. A special thank-you goes to Marcy Smith, owner of The Perfect Picker and secretary for the Chamber of Commerce, who volunteered to take the lead on organizing the event. Frontier Days was greatly missed last year, and now that larger events are becoming safer to attend again, many more great events are in the works.