The 19th Annual Shadow Valley Gospel Music Festival will be held July 3, 4 and 5, at Shadow Valley, 54 Warden Road, Fayetteville. Some of the biggest names in gospel music will be performing each evening. Tickets are $15 each at the gate or $13 in advance. Children 12 and under are admitted free. Local outlets include Regions Bank in Fayetteville and Parks City. Attendees are invited to bring their lawn chairs as the concerts are outdoors. There will be concessions. The show on July 3 and 4 starts at 6 p.m., and the concert on July 5 begins at 5:30 p.m.
The Lincoln County Republican Party will meet Thursday, July 3, at 7 p.m. at the Fayetteville Municipal Building auditorium. Guest speakers are Steve Lane, who is seeking the U.S. Representative position for the 4th Congressional District, and Donna Orr Hargrove, who is seeking re-election to the Public Defender’s office of the 17th Judicial District in Tennessee.
A July 4th Welcome Home Event will be held at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds. On Friday, July 4, gates will open at 10 a.m., with an opening ceremony starting at 11 a.m. Live music will be performed by Thad & Company, Southern Express Band, The 5-0 Band, 4 Miles Gone, and featuring Brittany Spriggs. There will be food vendors providing a variety of flavors and a beverage trailer, along with other entertainment, such as bounce houses, super slide, horseshoe and corn hole tournaments, tug-of-war, roving entertainment, face painting and firework display. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for kids; kids ages 5 and under will be admitted free. All proceeds go to help local veterans. Sponsors are VFW Post 2167, American Legion Post 42, Lincoln County, City of Fayetteville, LaFuente Mexican Restaurant, Redstone Federal Credit Union, Tri Green Equipment, and Yearwood Equipment.
Blanche Community’s Freedom Festival will be held on Friday, July 4, at Blanche School from 4 p.m. until dark. Fireworks will be on display after dark. There will be live music, a patriotic musical, tractor and car show, door prizes, dunking booth, games, a train ride, obstacle course, puppets, crafts and hot dog eating contest and more. In addition, there will be concessions available with food, popcorn and snow cones.
Antique Farm Machinery Show, sponsored by Giles County Antique Power, will be held on Saturday, July 5, at Elkton City Park in Elkton. The show will feature Minneapolis Moline lawn tractors, all types of antique tractors, machinery and garden tractors and gasoline engines. Vintage cars and trucks are welcome. Vendors of arts and crafts and tractor parts are welcome. There is a $15 setup for flea market and $20 for food vendors. Primitive and electrical camping spots are available. Indoor restrooms and concessions are available all day. Events include parade of power, cross cut sawing, chain in box, pedal pull, farm safety, ladies skillet throw and slow tractor race. Donations are welcome. For information, contact Scott Ellis at (931) 625-6458; Ritchie Hopkins at (931) 675-3832 or firstname.lastname@example.org; or Barry Ingram at (931) 638-6431.
Vietnam Era Veterans’ monthly evening meetings will be held at Mike’s All American Diner, 1842 North Main Street, Shelbyville, on the second Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. The next meeting will be held Thursday, July 10, and will feature Lincoln County’s Dr. Farris Beasley, local military historian. For information about the Vietnam Era Veterans organization or veterans’ events, call Tom Taylor at (931) 684-2557.
A March family reunion, hosted by family members of the late Allen March, will be held in honor of all the March siblings and their offspring on Saturday, July 12, at Lynchburg Elementary School beginning at 11 a.m. Please contact Coleman March, Sr., for more information at (931) 759-7107. Lynchburg Elementary School is located on Mechanic Street in Lynchburg.
Lincoln County Democratic Party Annual Dinner will be held Saturday, July 12, at South Central Human Resource Agency, 1437 Winchester Highway, Fayetteville, from 6-8 p.m. Tickets are $10 each. Everyone is welcome to attend. To RSVP or for more information, contact Pat M. Fraley, chairman, at (931) 433-6138.
The Fanning Family Reunion is set for Saturday, July 12, at Tims Ford State Park, Winchester, in the building next to the swimming pool. Hours are from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. with lunch being served at noon. Descendants of Middleton and Delphia Ann (Moore) Fanning and all related lines are invited. Please bring a covered dish of your choice, as well as photos and family memorabilia you wish to share with family member. For more information, contact Bobby Fanning at (931) 455-5910 or Jewel Casey at (931) 455-5487.
14th Annual Antique Tractor Show at Dellrose Fire Station will be held July 12 beginning at 8 .m. Breakfast biscuits will be served at 8 a.m. Lunch will be at noon. Cajun chicken plates are $6. There will be a door prize giveaway and numerous activities, including a women’s skillet throw, parade of power and kids pedal tractor pull. For more information, call Doug Campbell at 931-732-4935 or Scott Ellis at 931-732-4223.
Veterans are invited to attend monthly breakfasts hosted by Vietnam Era Veterans on the second Saturday of each month. The next one is set for Saturday, July 12, at 8:30 a.m., at Mike’s All American Diner, 1842 North Main Street, above the Shelbyville Walmart. For information about the breakfasts or the veterans group, call Tom Taylor at (931) 684-2557.
Music in the Park has been rescheduled to Tuesday, July 15, at the Stonebridge Park beginning at 7 p.m. The Madison Community Band will be featured during this event. Concessions will be available or attendees are welcome to bring a picnic. Don’t forget a lawn chair.
The Lois Community Reunion will be held Saturday, July 19, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Lois Church of Christ in Moore County. A covered dish lunch will be served at noon. Anyone now living in the community, who once lived there or attended Lois School is invited to attend. For information, contact Joe Casey at 455-5487 and June Tucker at 759-5922.
Tater & Melon Day will be held Saturday, July 26, at Boonshill Community Center. The event includes dinner and a show. Dinner will begin at 4 p.m. with barbecue chicken, baked potato, cole slaw and watermelon. The show begins at 6 p.m., with Jacob Painter, Jeff Whitlow and the Old Barn Band, and the featured entertainment Daryle Singletary performing. Tickets are $20 per person; 12 and under will be admitted free. There will also be activities for the kids, including a balloon bounce. For information, call Greg Dunn at (931) 307-3594.
Miss/Master Crape Myrtle Pageant will be held Saturday, July 26, at the Ardmore Annex Building. Competition is open to girls through age 19 and boys through age 5, and you do not have to be a resident of Ardmore. For more information, call the Ardmore Chamber of Commerce at (256) 278-5524.
The Ninth Annual Dellrose Cross Tractor Drive is set for Aug. 30. The drive will leave the Dellrose Fire Department at 9 a.m. Cost is $15 per tractor and includes one meal. Additional riders must be on a trailer or carry all. Minimum of 12 miles per hour speed and drivers must be 16-years-old to drive. The drive is 22 total miles, ending back at Dellrose between 2 and 3 p.m. For information, call Doug Campbell at 931-732-4935 or Scott Ellis at 931-732-4223.
Alcoholics Anonymous meetings are held each Monday (closed meeting) and Thursday at 7 p.m. at St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church, located at 106 East Washington Street in Fayetteville, and each Wednesday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 9 a.m. at The Basement, located at the corner of East Market and Franklin in Fayetteville. For more information, call (931) 227-7908.
Family Caregiver Support Group meetings for Alzheimer’s and other dementias are held the first Wednesday of each month from 10-11 a.m. at 101 West Lincoln Street, Tullahoma. RSVP to Home Instead Senior Care at (931) 454-2202.
Weekly Saturday night dances are held at the American Legion Post 42, 2007 Wilson Parkway, from 7-10 p.m. The dance is open to the public, and the facility is a nonsmoking building, though a smoking area is provided outside. Country Roads Band plays a mix of country, country rock and classic rock and roll music. The cover charge is $5 per person. The kitchen grill is open for the sale of sandwiches, fries and soft drinks. The American Legion is a nonprofit organization, and proceeds from the dances helps in the funding for the aide to the veterans of Lincoln County.
Lincoln County Senior Citizens Center’s Senior Dance is held each Tuesday from 1 until 4 p.m. Cover charge is $3 per person. A live band is on hand to provide music. Bring a dish to pass or just come and relax, listen to music, dance, eat and enjoy. The Senior Citizens Center is located at 908 West Washington Street, Fayetteville.
Senior citizens’ exercise classes are currently being held every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8:15 to 9:15 a.m. at the Fayetteville/Lincoln County Senior Citizens Center. Denise Kendrick is the exercise instructor. For more information, call (931) 433-7271 or stop by the center at 908 West Washington Street.
All American veterans are invited to weekly breakfasts hosted by Vietnam Era Veterans. Breakfast is held at the new “Base Camp”, Mike’s All American Diner, 1842 North Main Street, Shelbyville, each Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. No reservations are needed, and it will be Dutch treat. For more information about the breakfasts or the veterans group, call Tom Taylor at 931-684-2557.