2014 Sharon Corn and Music Festival

8th ANNUAL SHARON CORN & MUSIC FESTIVAL

SEPTEMBER 14 – 20, 2014

Grand Marshal – Jerry Petty
Honoring Ezra Howard, Buffalo Soldier

Sunday, September 14, 2014

  • Woodlawn Cemetery Walk – 2 p.m.
  • Highland Cemetery Walk – 3:30 p.m.
    Contact Lindsey Simpson: 731-819-4284
  • 2nd Annual Harvest Festival – 4:00 p.m.
    Food, Games, Prizes Fun for all ages at Corinth Baptist Church
    Contact Donetta Davis 514-6512

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

  • Shelton’s Fried Chicken and Fish Buffet Special
    Special includes coffee/tea and will be from 4:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m. for $6.59
  • ADULT BINGO (18 and up) – 7:00 p.m.
    Located inside the Sharon Fire Station
    $5.00 to play/ (2) $25.00 Door Prizes – Must Be Present to Win
  • CHILDREN’S BINGO FREE (17 and under) – 7:00 p.m.
    (2) $10 Door Prizes – Must be present to win.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

  • Hamburger/Hotdog Sack Lunch from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
    Located at Sharon Fire Station for $5.00
  • BBQ Supper 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. located at Sharon Fire Station for $7.00
    All proceeds to Sharon Corn and Music Festival
  • Gospel Singing at 7:00 p.m. located at Sharon Fire Station
    (2) $25.00 Door Prizes, must be present to win. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the music.
    If you would like to participate, contact James Wiseman: 731-699-0399 or Dale Witherington: 731-613-5221

Thursday, September 18, 2014

  • Health Fair 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Located at the Fire Station.
    Door Prizes – Local health care providers give free health screenings and resource education.
    Contact: William Witherington at 731-514-4059
  • Ham and Bean Supper from 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. for $6.00
    Children 5 and under eat free
    Located at the Sharon Senior Center
    Contact: Shirley Chappell at 456-2213
  • Dessert Auction at 6:00 p.m.
    Contact: Shirley Chappell at 456-2213
    There will be two $25.00 Door Prizes – Must be present to win
  • Trivia Night 7:00 p.m. (8 PEOPLE MAX. PER TABLE)
    $5.00 Entry Located inside the Sharon Fire Station.
    Two $25.00 Door Prizes
    Must Be Present to win
    MC’s for the night will be Jeff and Marci Floyd

Friday, September 19, 2014

  • Men’s Ping Pong Tournament- 8:30 a.m.
    Sharon Senior Center, Contact: Shirley Chappell at 456-2213
  • Horse Shoe Tournament – 1:00 p.m.
    Sharon Senior Center, Contact: Shirley Chappell at 456-2213
  • Sharon Park and Recreation Hamburger/Hotdog Cookout and Drinks – 4:00 p.m.
    Located by Sharon Fire Station
    Sponsored by Southern Chop Shop
  • Corn Recipe Contest- Entries must be submitted by 5:45 p.m.
    Judging starts 6:00 p.m./ Located inside the Sharon Fire Station
    Forms can be picked up at First State Bank and Sharon Public Library, and Sharon City Hall
  • Vocalist Lauren Smithwick 6:00 p.m.
    Located on downtown South Hollis Street. Bring your lawn chairs and kick back and enjoy some great music.
  • Free Bicycle Giveaway
    Register at Tracy’s Place during the week.
    Sponsored by Tracey’s Place
  • Sound Design and Karaoke – Todd Maxey at 7:00 p.m.
    Located downtown on S. Hollis Street/ Put on your “dancing shoes” or just bring your lawn chairs to kick back and enjoy the “sounds”
    (2) $25.00 Door Prizes to be given away, must be present to win!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

  • Food Vendors throughout the day!
  • Craft/Flea Market- 9:00 a.m.
    FREE SETUP in the First State Bank Parking Lot
    Contact:  Xanthia at 703-0073 for more info.
  • TN Child Identification Program
    Mt. Vernon Masonic Lodge #349 will be presenting TNCHIP Kits to children 1 day old to 18 years of age located at “The Wedding Chapel”
    Saturday, 9-20-14, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    These kits have proven to be extremely instrumental in locating missing/abducted children. These kits are free.
    Contact: Phillip Wallace at 731-514-8822
  • Progress and Growth Pancake Breakfast-7:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
    $5.00 Plate / 5 and under free – Located at the Sharon Fire Station
    (2) $25.00 Door Prizes – you do not have to be present to win
  • 11th Annual Antique Tractor Show 9:00 a.m
    “In Memory of Joey Frazier” – Located downtown beside Railroad Tracks
    Contact: Donetta Davis at 731-514-6512
  • Sharon Park and Recreation Hamburger/Hotdog Cookout – 10:00 a.m.
    Located by Sharon Fire Station
    Sponsored by Southern Chop Shop
  • Sharon Corn and Music Festival Parade at 11:00 a.m.
    No entry fee required
    Contact: April Baker-514-6189
  • Aaron’s Game Truck – following the parade
    Located at the corner of South Front and Mill Streets
  • Pet Show – 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    Located at the corner of S. Front and Mill St.
    No Registration fee – Contact Kathy Watson at 456-2707
    Sponsored by Country Pet Resort and Spa and Veterinary Home Healthcare Debbie Reynolds DVM
    (1) $25.00 gift card to be given away to one lucky pet show participant. Must be present to win.
  • Elvis Impersonator – 3:00 p.m.  – 6:00 p.m. on S. Hollis Street
  • Bouncers- Free For Kids – 12:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.
  • Dunking Booth – Contact Sharon Library 731-456-2707
    Located downtown on S. Hollis Street
  • Cake Walk- 6:00 p.m.
    Located downtown on S. Hollis Street by Sharon United Methodist Church
  • BBQ Chicken Supper with trimmings
    4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    $8.00 per plate – Sharon Fire Station
  • Fun Run/5K Run 6:00 p.m.
    Entry fee $5.00
    Starting place – Sharon United Methodist Church
    Contact Todd Maxey 514-6401
  • Rock Hill –  7:00 p.m.- 10:00 p.m.
    Free Admission!
    Put on your “dancing shoes” or just bring your lawn chairs to kick back and enjoy the music.
    Sponsored by First State Bank of Sharon

Come on out and join in the fun!

Parade and Contest forms can be found at Sharon City Hall, Sharon First State Bank, and Sharon Public Library.
Have an amazing Corn and Music Festival!

Tennessee Iris Festival – 2014

Full schedule now available!
This year’s dates are Saturday, April 26 – Saturday, May 3.


SATURDAY, APRIL 26

Citywide Yard Sale  
Chairperson:  Nancy Jarred, 514-8761
Come spend your day exploring hidden treasures and great bargains across the city of Dresden. Bring your friends and enjoy being out and about town when it’s Iris Time in Tennessee! Your $5.00 participation fee may be paid at Dresden City Hall. Checks may be written to Tennessee Iris Festival. The deadline to register is April 22, 2014. Maps are available at Dresden City Hall Friday, April 25, 2014.

Bicycle Rodeo
Chairperson:  Pat Phillips
Bring your bicycle and enjoy riding in a fun filled obstacle course in the Ned Ray McWherter Civic Center parking lot beginning at 3:00 p.m.

Power Wheels in the Park
Chairpersons: Brian & Lori Mathis, 364-2565
Bring your battery powered toy for a fun drag racing and obstacle course experience. Participants may be ages 7 and under. Event will take place in City of Dresden Park at 5:00 p.m. and two Power Wheels will be given away! For more information contact the chairpersons.

Arts & Crafts Marketplace
Chairpersons: Rachel Winstead, 514-5885
Visit arts, crafts, and fine merchandise vendors and shop for souvenirs and gifts at the marketplace at Dresden City Park from 4:00 p.m. to dark. To be a vendor, visit http://www.tennesseeirisfestival.com and fill out an application. The cost of a booth is $25. Tables will be available for your 10’ x 10’ booth space. Set up will begin at 2:00—4:00 p.m.

Tennessee Iris Festival Opening Ceremony
Chairpersons: TN Iris Festival Executive Board, 225-7699
Join us at Dresden City Park at 6:00 p.m. as the 35th celebration begins. This fun night of live entertainment features Leaving Sunday, free food, and a fantastic fireworks show! This is an event your whole family is sure to enjoy! Bring your lawn chair.

SUNDAY, APRIL 27

Cemetery Walk                                            
Chairpersons:   Bobby Goode, 364-5391 & Tommy Moore, 364-2915
This event is a favorite of many and sure to be enjoyable to people of all ages. Transportation will be available to those in need of assistance in traveling the course of the cemetery. Sponsors and first tour will begin at 4:30 p.m. Last tour begins at 6:30 p.m. Rain date will be Sunday, May 4, 2014.

MONDAY, APRIL 28

Prayer Breakfast 
Chairperson:  Don McCulley
Begin the week at 7:00 a.m. in fellowship at Dresden Elementary School. A breakfast and program will be provided by Dresden First Baptist Church. Dignitaries, city, county, and state officials will be recognized. Tickets cost $5.00 each and may be purchased at the door of the DES Multipurpose Room immediately before the event. Tickets are available for purchase before April 28, 2014 at Dresden First Baptist Church, First United Methodist Church, Dresden City Hall and First State Bank in Dresden.

Tasting Party    
Chairperson: Winnie Moore, 364-2077, 234-5641
Come enjoy the fine cooking and popular dishes of the area’s best cooks at Dresden Elks Lodge from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Admission is $7.00 at the door.


TUESDAY, APRIL 29

Children’s Bingo
Chairperson: Dresden Elementary Principal Mike Laughrey, 364-3401
Bring your children up to 12 years old to Dresden Elementary School from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. for a free game of Bingo. Fun prizes will be awarded! Please stay with your children while they play or make plans to pick them up at DES no later than 7:00 p.m.

Iris Festival Fun Bingo              
Chairperson:  Ginger Forrester 514-3726
This is one of the most popular events of the week and offers many opportunities to win. The game itself is suspenseful and exciting, and the fun is topped by the great prizes you may win. Bingo is the place to be! Come to the new location Dresden Middle School Gym from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. to get in on the action. Admission is free. Must be 18 to enter.

Trinity Amusements Carnival 
The carnival will be set up the McWherter Civic Center, Dresden City Park area, Saturday, April 36th through Saturday, May 3, 2014. As always, the carnival promises fun rides and delicious concessions. Dresden Elementary, Middle School and High School students will be visiting the carnival during the Festival week.


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30

Baking Contest 
Chairperson:   Gail Rogers, 364-5678
Think you’re a good cook? Enter your prize-winning recipe and let the judges decide. There is no cost to enter. Bring your baked dishes to the McWherter Civic Center between 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. The judging will begin at 10:00 a.m.

Senior Citizen Luncheon
Chairperson: Gail Rogers, 364-5678
Bring a dish and enjoy a free potluck meal at 12:00 noon at McWherter Civic Center.  Door prizes will also be given.

Pancake Supper
Chairperson: Martha Hopper, John Johnson, and Christina Oliver 364-2212 (First Baptist Church, Dresden)
Come eat delicious pancakes at Dresden First Baptist Family Life Center served by the Men’s Ministry and Women on Mission before the community-wide church service from 5:00—6:45 p.m. Tickets will be $5 each, except for children under the age of 3 which are free, and may be purchased at the door or in advance. All proceeds will be given to Santa’s Helpers. Please contact chairpersons with to purchase advance tickets.

Community Wide Gospel Singing 
Chairperson: Tommy Moore, 364-2915
Enjoy community fellowship at Dresden First Baptist Church at 7:00 p.m. with “dkfjlsjdfl”. Don’t miss this great night of music!


THURSDAY, MAY 1

Iris Festival Golf Tournament  
Chairperson: Dresden Rotary Club, Colin Johnson, 514-0858
Gather your golf buddies and make this 3-man scramble part of your Iris Festival celebration. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. and tee off will follow at 12:30 p.m. at Persimmon Hills Golf Course. Advance registration is required. The cost to play is $120 per team. Forms are available at First State Bank in Dresden, BancorpSouth, Dresden City Hall or from any Dresden Rotary member. Cash prizes will be awarded and lunch will be provided free of cost.

Community Health Fair    
Chairperson: Tony Harrison, 973-3755 or 364-5812
Come to the West Side of Court Square in Dresden from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon as local health care providers give free health screenings and resource education.

Fairy Tale Feast
Chairperson: Brittany Robinson, 514-7037 and Betsy McDaniel
Bring your children to visit with their favorite fairytale characters at Dresden Elementary School cafeteria from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. Admission to this event is free, and refreshments will be provided.

Quilt & Needlework Show
Chairperson:  Gail Rogers, 364-5678
Whether you enjoy quilting or needlework art forms as a hobby, a trade or simply enjoy viewing the pieces other people have made, you should make a point to come by the McWherter Civic Center between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Advanced registration for entry is required. To register, please take your quilts to the McWherter Civic Center on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. for qualified entry.


FRIDAY, MAY 2

Corner Café                    
Chairperson:   Jan Everett, 364-5293 (home), 364-2419 (church)
Enjoy a wonderful meal prepared by the United Methodist Women at the Dresden First United Methodist Church from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for $8.00.

Tennessee Iris Festival Iris and Horticulture Show
Bring your favorite plants, flowers, and mixed arrangements to Dresden Court House. Entries will be taken from 7:30 – 9:30 a.m., and judging will begin at 9:45 a.m. This event is open to public viewing from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Entries and awards must be picked up by 5:00 p.m.

BBQ Cook-off                                    
Chairperson:  Alex Bynum, 819-6002
Returning to the Iris Festival this year is the BBQ Cook-off! Local Cookers will compete for the Best ?Name Categories? Beginning at ?time? in the field next to The Dresden Elks Lodge on Popular Street, look for the tents. Come join the fun. Live entertainment will be provided featuring ?who? Free food will be provided at designated areas until all gone. Advanced registration for cooking teams is required by ?when?. Forms may be picked up at ?where?.

Quilt and Needlework Show  
The show continues from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the McWherter Civic Center
See event under Thursday, May 1st for more information.

SATURDAY, MAY 3

5K Race, 2 Mile Walk, 1 Mile Kids Fun Run, & .25 Tot Run

Chairperson:  Todd Maxey, 364-6786 or 514-6401 and Dusty Gibson, irun4tn@yahoo.com
The Run, Fun and Tot Runs and Walk will be held right off the Dresden Court Square at the corner of Main Street and Poplar Street in Dresden. The first 75 entries, 5K only, will receive a grab bag. 5K Race is $15.00 in advance (deadline April 15th beginning at 8:00 a.m., 2 mile walk $10.00 beginning at 8:00 a.m., 1 Mile Fun Run, for kids ages 5—12 years will be $10.00 beginning at 7:30 a.m., and 5 and under Tot Run $8.00 immediately following the 5K. For Registration form please visit http://www.tennesseeirisfestival.com. ) or $20.00 on the day of the race


Tennessee Iris Festival Parade 

Chairperson: Penny Gallimore, 364-3131
Find your favorite spot along the parade route to see this year’s entries and our wonderful dignitaries, royalties, and honored guests as they parade through Dresden in celebration of the 34th Annual Tennessee Iris Festival. The parade begins at 10:00 a.m. You can find a highlighted map of the parade route on the back cover of this program. Advance registration for entry is required by Thursday, May 2, 2013. Entries forms available at First State Bank, Dresden and at tennesseeirisfestival.com.


Parade Yard Party Competition

The Tennessee Iris Festival Executive Board invites the homes and businesses along the Parade route to make the Parade even more festive by hosting a “Yard Party” during the Parade. If you do not live along the Parade route and want to host a party combine your hosting skills with someone who does for a morning of celebrating this year’s theme, “Bloom Where You Are Planted”. The Mayor’s Choice Award for the best “Parade Yard Party” will be awarded a sign to display in the winning yard and a Festive Gift Basket. For more information please call 225- 7699.


McWherter Luncheon  

Chairperson: Jake Bynum, 364-4005
Gather on Carey Lawn at the home of Governor Ned Ray McWherter to close the festival week and to recognize and thank those who served to make it a success. The program and meal will begin at 12:00 noon. In the event of rain, the event will be moved to Dresden Elementary School. The Iris Festival Luncheon is open to the public. Purchase of tickets is required in advance, and the cost is $10.00 each. Tickets are available at Dresden City Hall and First State Bank in Dresden.


Pet Show      

Chairperson: Chris Mallon, 364-5522
Bring your pets to A to Z Vet Supply, 9876 Highway 22, Dresden at 1:00 p.m. and show off their beauty and talent in a variety of categories. There will be several categories for all of your pets! No entry fee is required.


Tractor Pull    

Chairperson:  Ricky McHaney, 364-6041
Enjoy a classic tractor pull beginning at 11:00 a.m. at Richie & Reggie’s BBQ, Highway 22, Dresden. Competition will cover several categories including: Horse & Drawn (early 1800- 1900), Hit & Miss Engines, Antique Hand Tools, and Oldest Restored Tractor. No hot rods allowed. There is a $20 entry fee per entry/category.


David Johnson Chorus Concert

Chairperson:  Gail Crawford, General Manager, 514-0167
www.davidjohnsonchorus.com and Facebook
The David Johnson Chorus, Recipient of 3 Silver Diplomas at the 2012 World Choir Games, will present “Songs of the Common Man” on the last evening of the Iris Festival. “Sometimes things can be expressed in a song that can’t be talked about out loud.” This is opening comment made by David Johnson, Director of the David Johnson Chorus, in describing the chorus’ concert theme this spring. “I’m calling it ‘Songs of the Common Man,'” Johnson explains. “The songs come from three different eras of social stress in our country: the 1950’s and 60’s; the time of westward movement into the Appalachians by our forefathers; and the time of slavery.” The concert will begin at 7:00 pm at the Dresden Elementary School. Admission for adults will be $10.00; children and students will be admitted free of charge. There will be a reception following.

 

REGISTRATION OF ENTRIES
Advance registration is required for many events.  Obtain entry forms from Forms page.

TICKETS
Tickets for events can be ordered by mail.  Please send a check in the exact amount made out to the Tennessee Iris Festival and a self-addressed stamped envelope to P.O. Box 801 / Dresden, TN / 38225 or contact the event chairperson.

Getting Fit in Weakley County, Tennessee

While it might not be a well known fact, many Weakley Countians are dedicated to physical fitness and healthy living.
For the year 2013, Weakley County ranked #15 out of Tennessee’s 95 counties in Overall Health Outcomes, and #35 in Overall Health Factors.*

Let’s talk about some resources for getting and maintain physical fitness in Weakley County. We’ll categorize by city or town.


Dresden

Wilson Park and Walking Track
Evergreen Street, Dresden, 38225
Features a 1/3 mile walking track and pavilion picnic area
http://www.cityofdresden.com/parksandrec.html
Parks and Rec Phone: 731.364.3366
Weakley County Office on Aging/Dresden Senior Citizens Center
589 Evergreen Street, Dresden, 38225
Features a fitness room with treadmills, ab lounger, free weights, and more.
http://www.weakleycountytn.gov/officeonaging.html
Phone: 731.364.5678

 

TightnTone Fitness
311 Morrow Street, Dresden, 38225
Features mobile personal training and fitness studio which offers Group Personal Training and Drums Alive classes.
http://tight-n-tonefitness.com/
Phone: 731.819.9220

 

COMING SOON: Dresden Green Rail Trail
To be located southeast of the Farmer’s Market trailhead at Linden Street and will connect to the Festival Park trail head south of Evergreen Street.
To feature a ten-foot wide paved trail, decorative gateway entrances, landscaping, and park benches, bicycle racks and signage.
http://www.cityofdresden.com/
Phone: 731.364.2270

 

Martin

Brian Brown Memorial Greenway – Phase 1
Starting at the intersection of Skyhawk Parkway and University Street and ending near Carter Street
Features a 1.2 mile trail including a scenic bridge over a creek, a wooded area, and periodic benches throughout
Hiker, runner, walker, cyclist, and pet friendly – rules provided in the following link:
http://www.martinparksandrecreation.com/BBMGW.html

 

Harrison Road Complex – Disc Golf Course
139 Harrison Road, Martin, 38237
Features an 18 Hole Disc Golf Course developed to attract a diverse range of players from novice to advanced – it has straight holes and holes with hills and valleys.
http://www.martinparksandrecreation.com/Disc%20Golf%20Course-HRC.html
Phone: 731.587.6784

 

Wellness Center – Volunteer Community Hospital
161 Mount Pelia Road, Martin, 38237
Features an aerobic exercise area, strength training equipment, individualized wellness programs, and an indoor walking/running track
http://www.volunteercommunityhospital.com/volunteer-community-hospital/wellnesscenter.aspx
Phone: 731.588.3490

 

The Sideline of Martin
104 Oxford Street, Martin, 38237
Features a 24/7 accessibility fitness facility, daily group exercise classes, physical health assessments, physical therapy, and more.
http://www.thesideline247.com/
Phone: 731.587.3422

 

CrossFit – Martin
Dustin Laird Drive, Martin, 38237
Features a combination of elements of Olympic weightlifting, gymnastics, sprinting, rowing and core conditioning to improve overall flexibility, strength, speed, endurance and agility.
http://www.crossfitmartin.com/
Phone: 731.819.2234

 

Virginia Weldon Park
At the corner of Park and Central Streets near downtown Martin, 38237
Featuring two acres and a sidewalk to walk, play and run
http://www.martinparksandrecreation.com/VW%20Park.html
Phone: 731.587.6784

 

Greenfield 

Big Cypress Tree State Park
295 Big Cypress Road, Greenfield, 38230
Features a 1/3 mile paved walking track that is handicapped accessible
http://tnstateparks.com/parks/about/big-cypress-tree
Phone: 731.235.2700

 

Gleason

Huggins Park
150 Dutchess Lane, Gleason, 38229
Features a 1/2 mile walking track
Phone: 731.648.5547

 

Sharon

Sharon Schools Walking Track
Next to Sharon School, Woodlawn Avenue, Sharon, 38255
Featuring 1/4 mile walking track
Phone: 731.456.2122

Go forth and get fit!

 

http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/app/tennessee/2013/rankings/outcomes/overall

 

2013 Christmas Events for Weakley County, TN

Christmas Calendar for Weakley County, Tennessee

November 9 – Saturday
Christmas Luncheon, Bazaar & Bake Sale
Bazaar & Bake Sale: 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Luncheon: 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
First United Methodist Church, Martin
731.587.2689

November 9-10, Saturday – Sunday
Historic Downtown Martin’s Preview to Christmas
731.587.3126

November 24 – Sunday
Dresden City Hall Christmas Open House
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Downtown Court Square
731.364.2270

November 24 – Sunday
Dresden City Tree Lighting Ceremony
5:00 p.m., Downtown Court Square
731.364.2270

December 5 – Thursday
Martin City Hall Christmas Open House
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Martin City Hall
731.587.3126

December 7 – Saturday
Country Christmas Bazaar
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., St. Jude Catholic Church in Martin
731.587.9777

December 7 – Saturday
C.E. Weldon Public Library Christmas Open House
9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
731.587.3148

December 7 – Saturday
Historic Downtown Martin Christmas
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
731.587.3126

December 7 – Saturday
Santa Arrives at Festival Park in Martin
4:00 p.m.
731.364.3126

December 7 – Saturday
City of Martin Tree Lighting Ceremony
6:00 p.m., Festival Park in Martin
731.587.3126

December 7 – Saturday
Santa at Greenfield Banking Company
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
731.235.2207

December 8 – Sunday
First Baptist Church of Greenfield Children’s Christmas Cantata
6:00 p.m.
731.235.3364

December 9 – Monday
Martin Annual Kiwanis Christmas Parade
7:00 p.m., University and Lindell Streets in Martin
731.225.0310

December 11 – Wednesday
Christmas Open House for Weakley County Office on Aging/Dresden Senior Center
12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.
731.364.5678

December 12 – 15, Thursday – Sunday
Santa’s Village at Martin’s Ned McWherter Ag Complex
Thursday – 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday – 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday – 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
731.587.6784

December 13 – Friday
First State Bank Open House – Countywide
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Dresden: 731.364.3131
Greenfield: 731.235.2690
Martin: 731.587.9561
Sharon: 731.456.2613

December 13 – 15,  Friday – Sunday
“Christmas Shoes” Christmas Program at First Baptist Church Martin
Friday and Saturday at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday at 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
731.587.9555

December 14 – Saturday
Hometown Christmas in Gleason
731.648.5547

December 14 – Saturday
Martin Rotary Club Ham Breakfast
6:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
731.587.5841

December 15 – Sunday
First Baptist Church of Greenfield Adult’s Christmas Cantata
6:00 p.m.
731.235.3365

December 17 – Tuesday
Wendell Alexander Real Estate Christmas Open House
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
731.364.5368

December 18 – Wednesday
Regions Bank Christmas Open House in Martin
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
731.587.3131

December 20 – Friday
Bank of Gleason Christmas Open House
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
731.648.5506

December 20 – Friday
Greenfield Banking Company Christmas Open House
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
731.235.2207

December 24 – Tuesday
Christmas Eve Service, First United Methodist Church of Dresden
5:00 p.m.
731.364.2419

December 24 – Tuesday
Christmas Eve Service, First Presbyterian Church of Greenfield
6:30 p.m.
731.235.2259

Weakley County’s Fall Bucket List – 2013

Ahhhhh, the fall. A chill in the air, scarves appearing on necks, colorful leaves in yards, and the anticipation of the coming holiday season.
Fall in Weakley County is particularly beautiful because of the lovely neighborhoods, roads, and countryside in every part of the county.
Since swimming is out and fun in the sun is limited, we have devised a fun Bucket List for Weakley Countians that won’t break the bank.

1. Take a scenic trail walk. The Brian Brown Memorial Greenway is 1.15 miles that starts at the Highway 431 and Skyhawk Parkway intersection and winds east through an old railroad bed and university farmland toward the city. This times of the year is especially beautiful. Get more info about the greenway here: http://www.martinparksandrecreation.com/BBMGW.html

2. Pumpkin carving and/or painting. Go pick out a pumpkin and then check out fantastic ideas on http://www.pinterest.com !

3. Try out a themed run, such as a Harvest Run or Turkey Trot. This website has the most up-to-date runs, walks, and 5Ks with registration forms and information that we have seen: https://www.facebook.com/WestTennessee5KsHalfMarathonsMarathons
If you aren’t a runner, the events are still a lot of fun to attend, volunteer, or even walk.

4. Ever tried Geocaching? It’s like a scavenger hunt for adults!  A great way to get outside with an objective, take along your kids and it can be a lot of fun and a learning experience. Find out about local geocaching here: http://www.geocaching.com/

5. Why not go to the museum? The newly opened Discovery Park of America is located in Union City, Tennessee, and is a state of the art facility featuring amazing exhibits pertaining to local West Tennessee history. Get ticket prices and more at their website: http://www.discoveryparkofamerica.com/

6. Have a chili cook-off! Have your family, friends, neighbors and/or colleagues make up a pot of soup or chili and have a potluck or chili cook-off contest. It’s fun and any reason to have a good meal and company is a good reason!

7. Camp out in your backyard or at a family/friend’s house! It’s fun, cheap, and doesn’t require too much preparation or expense. Don’t forget the smores!

8. Host a costume party. Try out a themed party, or even have a potluck. It doesn’t have to be Halloween to have a costume party as long as you announce in advance!

9. Go photographing!  Have a picnic and take some creative pictures. Remember that pictures make wonderful gifts!

10. Get a team of friends together and go play a sporting game! Soccer, tennis, football, basketball, baseball – they are all fun when you are playing with your friends. Hit up the Martin Recreational Complex and see if there is a field available.

11. Take a day trip to a small town nearby. Go antiquing, thrift store shopping, or go see a local attraction. A great example is Atwood’s Tennessee Safari Park – http://tennesseesafaripark.com. West Tennessee is rich with niche locales and historical attractions as well.

12. Take a ride on the Cotton Junction! With 102 stops, the Cotton Junction winds through West Tennessee and has no shortage of unique sights and historical landmarks. Start here: http://tntrailsandbyways.com/trail/4/cotton-junction. Hard copy maps are also available at the Department of Finance in Dresden or at the Weakley County Chamber of Commerce in Dresden.

13. Keep up with Family Night Out! Often times, the City of Martin will announce Family Night Out events for citizens. Check what’s going on here: https://www.facebook.com/FamilyNightOut

14. Go see a movie in Martin at the Cine Theatre! Tuesday night is discount night. And always pay with cash! You’ll get a 50 cent discount on every ticket you purchase!

15. Make a holiday wreath using materials in your own yard! Here are 30 beautiful wreaths: http://www.addicted2decorating.com/diy-fall-wreath-roundup.html and here is one for only $5: http://justmisty.com/5-dollar-fall-craft-easy-to-make-fall-wreath-with-a-wire-hanger/

16. Send a letter to an aunt, uncles, cousin, or another relative that you have been meaning to send. Include some pictures and a mix CD of your recent favorite tunes!

17. Check out this website with more great ideas: http://www.goexplorenature.com/2013/09/50-ideas-for-your-fall-outdoor-bucket-list.html

Did we leave anything out? Let us know!
Happy fall, Weakley County, Tennessee!

2014 Sharon Corn and Music Festival

8th ANNUAL SHARON CORN & MUSIC FESTIVAL

SEPTEMBER 14 – 20, 2014

Grand Marshal – Jerry Petty
Honoring Ezra Howard, Buffalo Soldier

Sunday, September 14, 2014

  • Woodlawn Cemetery Walk – 2 p.m.
  • Highland Cemetery Walk – 3:30 p.m.
    Contact Lindsey Simpson: 731-819-4284
  • 2nd Annual Harvest Festival – 4:00 p.m.
    Food, Games, Prizes Fun for all ages at Corinth Baptist Church
    Contact Donetta Davis 514-6512

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

  • Shelton’s Fried Chicken and Fish Buffet Special
    Special includes coffee/tea and will be from 4:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m. for $6.59
  • ADULT BINGO (18 and up) – 7:00 p.m.
    Located inside the Sharon Fire Station
    $5.00 to play/ (2) $25.00 Door Prizes – Must Be Present to Win
  • CHILDREN’S BINGO FREE (17 and under) – 7:00 p.m.
    (2) $10 Door Prizes – Must be present to win.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

  • Hamburger/Hotdog Sack Lunch from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
    Located at Sharon Fire Station for $5.00
  • BBQ Supper 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. located at Sharon Fire Station for $7.00
    All proceeds to Sharon Corn and Music Festival
  • Gospel Singing at 7:00 p.m. located at Sharon Fire Station
    (2) $25.00 Door Prizes, must be present to win. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the music.
    If you would like to participate, contact James Wiseman: 731-699-0399 or Dale Witherington: 731-613-5221

Thursday, September 18, 2014

  • Health Fair 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Located at the Fire Station.
    Door Prizes – Local health care providers give free health screenings and resource education.
    Contact: William Witherington at 731-514-4059
  • Ham and Bean Supper from 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. for $6.00
    Children 5 and under eat free
    Located at the Sharon Senior Center
    Contact: Shirley Chappell at 456-2213
  • Dessert Auction at 6:00 p.m.
    Contact: Shirley Chappell at 456-2213
    There will be two $25.00 Door Prizes – Must be present to win
  • Trivia Night 7:00 p.m. (8 PEOPLE MAX. PER TABLE)
    $5.00 Entry Located inside the Sharon Fire Station.
    Two $25.00 Door Prizes
    Must Be Present to win
    MC’s for the night will be Jeff and Marci Floyd

Friday, September 19, 2014

  • Men’s Ping Pong Tournament- 8:30 a.m.
    Sharon Senior Center, Contact: Shirley Chappell at 456-2213
  • Horse Shoe Tournament – 1:00 p.m.
    Sharon Senior Center, Contact: Shirley Chappell at 456-2213
  • Sharon Park and Recreation Hamburger/Hotdog Cookout and Drinks – 4:00 p.m.
    Located by Sharon Fire Station
    Sponsored by Southern Chop Shop
  • Corn Recipe Contest- Entries must be submitted by 5:45 p.m.
    Judging starts 6:00 p.m./ Located inside the Sharon Fire Station
    Forms can be picked up at First State Bank and Sharon Public Library, and Sharon City Hall
  • Vocalist Lauren Smithwick 6:00 p.m.
    Located on downtown South Hollis Street. Bring your lawn chairs and kick back and enjoy some great music.
  • Free Bicycle Giveaway
    Register at Tracy’s Place during the week.
    Sponsored by Tracey’s Place
  • Sound Design and Karaoke – Todd Maxey at 7:00 p.m.
    Located downtown on S. Hollis Street/ Put on your “dancing shoes” or just bring your lawn chairs to kick back and enjoy the “sounds”
    (2) $25.00 Door Prizes to be given away, must be present to win!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

  • Food Vendors throughout the day!
  • Craft/Flea Market- 9:00 a.m.
    FREE SETUP in the First State Bank Parking Lot
    Contact:  Xanthia at 703-0073 for more info.
  • TN Child Identification Program
    Mt. Vernon Masonic Lodge #349 will be presenting TNCHIP Kits to children 1 day old to 18 years of age located at “The Wedding Chapel”
    Saturday, 9-20-14, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    These kits have proven to be extremely instrumental in locating missing/abducted children. These kits are free.
    Contact: Phillip Wallace at 731-514-8822
  • Progress and Growth Pancake Breakfast-7:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
    $5.00 Plate / 5 and under free – Located at the Sharon Fire Station
    (2) $25.00 Door Prizes – you do not have to be present to win
  • 11th Annual Antique Tractor Show 9:00 a.m
    “In Memory of Joey Frazier” – Located downtown beside Railroad Tracks
    Contact: Donetta Davis at 731-514-6512
  • Sharon Park and Recreation Hamburger/Hotdog Cookout – 10:00 a.m.
    Located by Sharon Fire Station
    Sponsored by Southern Chop Shop
  • Sharon Corn and Music Festival Parade at 11:00 a.m.
    No entry fee required
    Contact: April Baker-514-6189
  • Aaron’s Game Truck – following the parade
    Located at the corner of South Front and Mill Streets
  • Pet Show – 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    Located at the corner of S. Front and Mill St.
    No Registration fee – Contact Kathy Watson at 456-2707
    Sponsored by Country Pet Resort and Spa and Veterinary Home Healthcare Debbie Reynolds DVM
    (1) $25.00 gift card to be given away to one lucky pet show participant. Must be present to win.
  • Elvis Impersonator – 3:00 p.m.  – 6:00 p.m. on S. Hollis Street
  • Bouncers- Free For Kids – 12:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.
  • Dunking Booth – Contact Sharon Library 731-456-2707
    Located downtown on S. Hollis Street
  • Cake Walk- 6:00 p.m.
    Located downtown on S. Hollis Street by Sharon United Methodist Church
  • BBQ Chicken Supper with trimmings
    4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    $8.00 per plate – Sharon Fire Station
  • Fun Run/5K Run 6:00 p.m.
    Entry fee $5.00
    Starting place – Sharon United Methodist Church
    Contact Todd Maxey 514-6401
  • Rock Hill –  7:00 p.m.- 10:00 p.m.
    Free Admission!
    Put on your “dancing shoes” or just bring your lawn chairs to kick back and enjoy the music.
    Sponsored by First State Bank of Sharon

Come on out and join in the fun!

Parade and Contest forms can be found at Sharon City Hall, Sharon First State Bank, and Sharon Public Library.
Have an amazing Corn and Music Festival!

2014 Tennessee Soybean Festival, Martin

The 21st Annual Tennessee Soybean Festival is here again!!!
Join us for another amazing year of celebrating this community and Tennessee candy, the Soybean!

Below is the full 2014 line-up of scheduled events for the festival running Thursday, August 28 – Sunday, September 7, 2014.
Come out and celebrate with your community at the one and only Tennessee Soybean Festival in Martin, Tennessee.

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