Fairs & Festivals

MARCH 

ANNUAL JUMP ROPE for HEART Benefit:

WHEN: 3rd Friday in March

WHERE: On the Jasper Elementary School Grounds
720 Betsy Pack Drive, Jasper, TN. 37347

ABOUT THE JUMP for HEART: All children from Kindergarten to Fourth Grade at Jasper Elementary are eligible. Purpose is to raise money for the Heart Association. (Over $6,000.00 has been raised on one occasion!)

WHO TO CONTACT:
Mr. Don Stewart, Principal @ 423 942-2110
or Bertie Harvey, Secretary
Marion County Elementary School
720 Betsy Pack Drive
Jasper, TN 37347

APRIL 

CORN BREAD FESTIVAL

WHEN: Around April 25 & 26.

WHERE Lodge Mfg. Co.
mostly known for their Cast Iron Cooking Utensils. (Formerly Blacklock Foundry 1896.)

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL: Cornbread Bake off, Carnival, Food, plus Arts & Crafts.

Martha White Cornbread Bake off
Last weekend in April.
Send in your favorite Main dish cornbread recipe
baked in a cast iron pan to compete for the cash grand prize.
1998 National Cornbread Bake off
209 7th Ave. Nashville , Tennessee 37219
Postmarked before March 2nd, 1998.

The Marion County History Booth
by local Author & Exhibitor, Nonie Webb
Featuring Books on the Story of Ketner's Mill,
Marion County Keep sake Books, Mining History,
Old Photographs, Old Maps, & Genealogy.

WHO TO CONTACT: Bob & Sheryll Kellerman
423 837-0022


JASPER J.C.'s RODEO

WHEN: Last weekend in April 

WHERE:Rodeo Arena and Pavilion

WHO TO CONTACT:
P.O. Box 909, City Park, 

Jasper, Tenn. 37347

Attn: Mr. Wampler

 

MAY 

AMERICA'S JUNIOR MISS.
NATION WIDE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Marion County Chapter

WHEN: Second Saturday every May

WHERE: South Pittsburgh High School (S.P.H.S.) South Pittsburg, TN.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM:
All junior girls attending the 11th grade in ANY High School in Marion Co., Tn. are eligible to compete. The program originated in 1958. Scholarship contest is evaluated by "Standards and Ideals"

WHO TO CONTACT:
Julie Bennett Phone: 423 837-9835
194 Bennett Lane, South Pittsburg, TN. 37380
or
Paige Payne phone: 423 837-5604


ANNUAL MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE

WHEN: Last Monday every May Starts 11 AM

WHERE: Court House Steps in Jasper, TN.

ABOUT THE Memorial SERVICE:
For All Disabled American Veterans and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

WHO TO CONTACT:
Jim Hawk Phone; 423 - 837-7437
American Legion Post 62 in South Pittsburg, TN.
or
Dennis Phillips Phone: 423 - 942-3961 V. F. W. Post 63 at Jasper


KIMBALL DAYS
HONORING THE TOWN OF KIMBALL

WHEN: Third Saturday every May       9 AM to 6 PM

WHERE: At the Ball Park next to the Town Hall in Kimball, TN.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL:
Participation by the Fire Department, Girl Scouts, & Schools plus Arts and Crafts, Good Food. (Town furnishes a 30 x 60 Tent on a first come first serve basis)

CONTACT: Kay Keith Phone: 423- 837-7040
P.O. Box 367 Kimball, TN. 37347

AUGUST 

MARION COUNTY FAIR
Jasper, TN

WHEN: Last week every August

WHERE: Jasper City Park, Jasper, TN.

ABOUT THE FAIR: 4 H Projects, Live Stock, Entertainment, & Food

WHO TO CONTACT:
Judy Cartright Phone; 423 - 942-3466
@ Pioneer Bank
4516 Main Street Jasper, TN.
or
George Jackson Phone 423--942-1066 Jasper
Darrell Davis Phone 423 - 837-8150 South Pittsburg


SEQUATCHIE VALLEY FOOTBALL JAMBOREE

WHEN: Last Friday every August

WHERE: M.C.H.S. Football Field in Jasper, TN.

ABOUT THE JAMBOREE:
Tribute to All Children on the Honor Roll
All schools in Marion County Participate

WHO TO CONTACT:
Johnny Grimes, Principal of M.C.H.S. Phone: 423 942-5202
Marion County High School
160 Ridley Drive
Jasper, Tennessee 37347

 

SEPTEMBER

LABOR DAY PARADE And FESTIVAL

WHEN:  1st Monday in September  Parade starts at 9:30 AM 

WHERE:  Parade runs thru Whitwell and Festival is at Whitwell Park

ABOUT THE PARADE AND FESTIVAL:  

 

 

OCTOBER 

SWEETENS COVE COUNTRY FESTIVAL
and RURAL RETREAT

WHEN: 1st Saturday every October   9 AM to 6 PM

WHERE: Sweeton's Cove School House
Sweetons Cove in South Pittsburg, TN.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL & RETREAT
Barbecue, entertainment, arts & crafts. All Fire Fighting Teams of Marion Co. Communities (5-6 teams) compete in Fire Fighting & Rescue Tactics to take home the Trophy and the Glory for their Team. ALL Proceeds go to help the Fire Department & Sweetens Cove Community.

WHO TO CONTACT:
Margie Allison Phone 423 - 837-7846
4840 Sweetens Cove Road, South Pittsburg, TN. 37380
or
David McBay Phone 423 - 837-7639
1561 Fishtrap Road, South Pittsburg, TN. 37380


KETNER'S MILL COUNTRY FAIR
"The GRIST MILL & The FAIR"

WHEN: Around October 17th and 18th (Sat. & Sun.) 9AM to 6 PM

WHERE: Located on the Sequatchie River, Off Highways 27 or 28 in Whitwell,  TN.

ABOUT THE FAIR:
Ketner's Mill was first built in 1824 ( The Small Wooden part still Standing). This was the first mill (of 23) on the Sequatchie River and the only one still in operation.
The GRIST MILL, SORGHUM MILL and the DOUBLE WOOL CARDING MACHINE will be in operation for you to enjoy.
Over 175 Artists and One of a Kind Craftsmen Country Cooking, & Entertainment for both Grownups & Children.

Plus:

The MARION COUNTY HISTORY BOOTH (A-3)
by local Author & Exhibitor, NonieWebb
( Located in front of the Old Grist Mill & Saw Mill)
Featuring Books on the Story of Ketner's Mill,
Marion County Keep sake Books, Mining History,
Old Photographs, Old Maps, & Genealogy.

WHO TO CONTACT:
Ketner's Mill Country Fair
P.O. Box 322, Lookout Mt, TN. 37350
or
Sally McDonald Phone 423 821-3238
Elaine Davis 423 757-6232


THUNDER ON THE LAKE
GRAND NATIONAL DRAG BOAT RACE (Largest in the U.S.)

WHEN: Second Week end every October

WHERE: Marion County Park on the Tennessee River Marion Co., TN.

ABOUT THE DRAG RACE:
Sponsored by the Junior Chamber of Commerce. Drag Boat Race plus concessions.

WHO TO CONTACT: Chip and Edwina Wampler 423 - 942-6581
Chamber of Commerce, 24 Court House Square, Jasper, TN 37347


FALL COLOR CRUISE AND FOLK FESTIVAL

Fall Color Cruise to Feature Stars of Bluegrass and The Grand Ole Opry.

The 2001 Fall Color Cruise and Folk Festival will be the biggest in years featuring Ten of the biggest names from the Grand Ole Opry and Bluegrass. Event chairman Bill Lord says that he is looking for record turnouts for the 33rd annual edition of the Fall Color Cruise and Folk Festival. The 2001 event will be held the last two weekends in October at Shellmound Park on Lake Nickajack in Marion County. The Entertainment on the bill for the first weekend includes Grand Ole Opry members The Osborne Brothers, Jim and Jesse, The Whites and The Nashville Bluegrass Band. The second weekend will feature a Tribute to the Grand Ole Opry with Opry members Jack Greene, Jeanne Seely, Ray Pillow, Stonewall Jackson and special guest David Frizzell. Also featured will be a very special performance of the nationally touring stage show "Missing You", a tribute to Jim Reeves and Patsy Cline, for one show only on Saturday October 27th at 1:00 PM CDT. Of course there will be great food, crafts and children's activities. Admission is free with donations accepted. To get to the Color Cruise take I-24 to exit 158 at Shellmound Reservation on Lake Nickajack. The Fall Color Cruise and Folk Festival is sponsored by Alhambra Shrine Temple of Chattanooga.

For more Information Call Bill Lord, Event Chairman @ 423-837-0747 or 423-718-3901


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