Murfreesboro — In 1925, Uncle Dave Macon became one of two charter members of the Grand Ole Opry, then called the WSM Barn Dance. A consummate showman on the banjo and a one-man repository of countless old songs and comic routines, Macon remained a well-loved icon of country music until and beyond his death in 1952.
The 32nd Annual Uncle Dave Macon Days old-time music and dance festival is set to kick off July 13-15 in Cannonsburgh Village located in Murfreesboro. The fun kicks off at 1 p.m. on July 13, at 8:30 a.m. on July 14 and at 5 p.m. July 15. There is no admission charge and free parking is available.
More than $10,000 in prize money is at stake during Friday and Saturday’s highly charged music and dance competitions. In 1986 the United States House of Representatives proclaimed these competitions to be the National Championships in old-time banjo, old-time clogging and old-time buckdancing.
The festival was established to honor the memory of Macon, who lived near Murfreesboro. It is one of the very few old-time music competitions in the country
Considered one of America’s premier summer festivals, this family-oriented event annually gathers more than 45,000 people to Murfreesboro. It was selected by the Atlanta-based Southeast Tourism Society as one of the Top 20 events in the Southeast. Additionally, the American Bus Association designated Uncle Dave Macon Days as one of the Top 100 Events in North America for 2008.
On Saturday, July 14, the coveted Heritage Award will be presented. The Heritage Award is a yearly honor presented to individuals dedicated to the preservation and advancement of old-time music and dance. The Heritage Award winners will serve as the Grand Marshals of the Motorless Parade that travels down East Main Street in Murfreesboro on Saturday morning.
Other family-oriented events taking place throughout the festival include heritage activities for children, local concessions, a juried arts and crafts show, a historic photo exhibit, a Sunday morning service, dinner on the grounds and a gospel sing.
The celebration takes place in Cannonsburgh, an authentic pioneer village, located at 312 South Front Street in Murfreesboro. The village is home to more than 20 restored log structures and will feature living history demonstrations during the weekend.
For more information, call (800) 716-7560, or visit www.uncledavemacondays.com.