Old Timers’ Festival Details

It’s finally here! The new and improved
Old Timers’ celebration is this weekend at Veterans Memorial Park, and instead of just a one day party, this year it is a three day festival.

The most notable change this year is probably the inclusion of a carnival.  There will be lots of rides, including a ferris wheel, scrambler, teacups, and one of those spinny swing thingies (that’s the technical term). All rides cost at least two tickets. Tickets for the carnival rides are $1 each, 12 for $10, and 24 for $20 (with one free ride).

There will also be kids zone located around the park’s playground area with a train ride that is run separately from the carnival and will be $2 a ride. The city is also providing some free entertainment there with the Skin and Bones Animal Circus and inflatable jumpers.

There will be free music tonight starting at 6 PM, and culminating with a performance by the WannaBeatles at 9:30, which was moved back so as not to conflict with the La Vergne/Smyrna football game. And on Sunday there will be an old time gospel revival with live performances of gospel and bluegrass.

An improved and expanded crafts festival is being held Saturday and Sunday in the city tent, and there will be loads of food vendors to choose from this year.

Festival sponsor Clear Communications is providing free WiFi access all over the site, so you can blog about what an awesome time you’re having with your family!

OK, I’m sure some of you are wondering, “How much is this costing us taxpayers?” The festival is designed to at least break even, but they are hoping to make a profit from it. The pageant already made a small profit, and the city has doubled the take over last year in sales of vendor permits.

Personally, I’m ready to get out there with my family and enjoy the beautiful weather and sense of community that comes with a fun event like this. I’ve copied the schedule of events for the weekend below, and I hope to see you there!

Old Timers’ Festival
September 15-18, 2011

Schedule is subject to change.

Friday, September 16, 2011
5:00 – 12:00 pm Carnival Rides
6:00 – 7:45 pm Missy Gawthorp, Community Stage
8:00 – 8:45 Elvis Returns!, Community Stage
9:30 pm The WannaBeatles, Community Stage

Saturday, September 17, 2011
12:00n – 11:00 pm Carnival Rides
5:00 – 10:00 am Rescue Squad Country Ham Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Parade Line-Up, Bicentennial Park
10:00 – 11:00 am Parade, Murfreesboro Road
11:00 am – 6:00 pm Craft Festival
City Tent with ATM
Sponsor Exhibits
Civic Group Exhibits
12:00 pm National Anthem by the LHS Choraliers, Community Stage
12:02 pm Black Hawk Helicopter, Veterans Memorial Park Football Field
12:07 pm Welcome by Mayor Senna Mosley and City Officials, Community Stage
12:20 – 12:50 pm LHS Choraliers, Cantores Celestis, Rockafellas, Community Stage
1:00 – 1:30 pm Debbie’s Dance Studio Performance, Community Stage
Skin & Bones Animal Circus, Kids Zone
1:30 – 2:00 pm Roy Waldron School Dance Team & Other Performances, Community Stage

September 15-18, 2011
Schedule is subject to change.
Saturday, September 17, 2011 (continued…)
2:00 – 2:15 pm Surprise Performance, Community Stage
2:30 – 4:00 pm Southern Express Band, Community Stage
Skin & Bones Animal Circus, Kids Zone
4:00 – 4:45 pm Reckless Sidemen, Community Stage
Skin & Bones Animal Circus, Kids Zone
5:00 – 6:00 pm Chris Monhollen, Community Stage
6:30 – 8:00 pm Lane Turner, Community Stage
Sunday, September 18
11:00 am – 5:00 pm Craft Festival
City Tent with ATM
Sponsor Exhibits
Civic Group Exhibits
1:00 pm – Carnival Rides
everyone goes home
1:00 – 1:30 pm Pastor Randy Berg , Grace Church Community Worship Center, Community Stage
Skin & Bones Animal Circus, Kids Zone
1:30 – 2:00 pm Miracle Baptist Boys (hillbilly gospel), Community Stage
2:00 – 2:30 pm The Good News (bluegrass gospel), Community Stage
2:30 – 3:00 pm La Vergne Trio of Duets – Sibling Rivalry, Community Stage
Skin & Bones Animal Circus, Kids Zone
3:00 p.m. Dennis Scott Kid Show, Community Stage
4:00 – 4:30 pm La Vergne Teen Singers, Community Stage
Skin & Bones Animal Circus, Kids Zone
4:30 – 5:00 James & Janet Keeton, Lighthouse Community Church, Community Stage


6 comments for “Old Timers’ Festival Details

  1. lives in lavergne
    September 18, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    just wondering if anyone knew why the Shriners were not in the parade on Sat?
    I was at city hall and saw alot of them there, then they all packed up and left before theparade started.

    • Angie
      September 19, 2011 at 11:29 am

      I was at city hall also. Can’t confirm since I didn’t hear it first hand but from what I did hear it had something to do with not being first in line for the parade.

      • mark
        September 19, 2011 at 9:36 pm

        i guess if they cant get their way they will whine and cry…grows men should act better than this…..gesh!!

  2. Theresa
    September 19, 2011 at 8:45 am

    This year’s festival was the best one I have been to yet. I want to thank everyone who worked hard to make it a great, family friendly event. My kids and I had a wonderful time.

  3. Cee Dee
    September 19, 2011 at 10:07 am

    Thank you Mayor Mosley, Aldermen (those who actually showed up), and City employees — all of you made the Festival a big success & we can ALL be proud of the turnout and the way the City was represented. For those who chose to “boycott” the event — shame on you for being so negative on this event and for your lack of support. All the talk about “making a difference” was evident in the show of support from those who really do care about the City.

    • Theresa
      September 19, 2011 at 11:27 am

      I also noticed there was a missing alderman…way to take the high road D.W.

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