36th Annual Tennessee Iris Festival – 2015

36th Annual Tennessee Iris Festival in Dresden Schedule of Events – 2015

 

Saturday, April 25, 2015


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 21, 2015. Maps are available at Dresden City Hall Friday, April 24, 2015.

 

Bicycle Rodeo

Chairperson:  Joey Winstead

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

Chairperson:  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   

Chairperson:  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.net 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, 819-4922 and 514-2678

Join us at Dresden City Park at 6:00 p.m. as the 36th celebration begins!  This fun night of live entertainment features live music from the “Elam McKnight Band,” free food, and a fantastic fireworks show! This is an event your whole family is sure to enjoy! Bring your lawn chair.

 

Sunday, April 26, 2015

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.  This year’s theme is “Sunset Cemetery’s Wide World of Sports.”  We hope you can join us to learn more about the history of some of Dresden’s greatest sports teams, players and coaches.  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 3, 2015.

 

Monday, April 27, 2015

Prayer Breakfast

Chairperson:  Mark Earheart, 364-2419

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 27, 2015 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 28, 2015

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:  Josh Pirtle, 514-1605

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.

 

 

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

 

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 $6.00 for adults, $4.00 for children 3-6 years old, and free for children 2 years old and younger.  Tickets 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 Bethel University’s Award-Winning “Renaissance Quartet.”  Under the Direction of Matthew Holt, this group has encouraged and uplifted listeners with their unique style since the conception of the group in 2006. The group has traveled from coast to coast leading worship and performing in concerts of all kinds. The Renaissance Quartet won best new group at the 2009 National Quartet Convention in Louisville, Ky., as they bested 41 other groups in the competition. Since that contest they have been showcased in concerts at the convention.  Don’t miss this great night of music!

 

Trinity Amusements Carnival

The carnival will be set up in Downtown Dresden on North Wilson Street.  Opening night will be Wednesday, April 29, 2015.  The carnival will run through Saturday, May 2, 2015.  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.

 

Thursday, April 30, 2015

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   

Chairpersons: Amie Whittle, 693-0606 and Sarah Overcast, 587-2996

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.

 

Fashion Show

Chairperson:  Urban Designs, Emily Dunn, 364-3664

Come to the Dresden Farmers Market at Terry Oliver Plaza and check out the latest fashions from Northwest Tennessee!  The show will begin at 7:00 p.m.  This year, we will be featuring stores from Dresden and several surrounding towns.  Wear your latest knock-out outfit, sit back, relax, and enjoy our show!  Tickets can be purchased in advance from Urban Designs; advance tickets are $5.00.  Tickets will be sold at the door for $8.00.  Also, this year we are offering VIP tickets for $12.00.  VIP tickets include reserved parking, reserved seating, complimentary refreshments, automatic entry to door prizes, and recognition for the VIP individual or business.  Free admission for children 5 years of age or younger.

 

Quilt Show

Chairperson:  Gail Rogers, 364-5678

Whether you enjoy quilting 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 6:00 p.m.  Advanced registration for entry is required.  To register, please take your quilts to the McWherter Civic Center on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. for qualified entry.

 

Friday, May 1, 2015

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   

Chairperson: Shirley Chappell, 456-2213 or 514-7306

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 4:00 p.m.  Entries and awards must be picked up by 4:00 p.m.

 

Quilt Show 

The show continues from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the McWherter Civic Center.
See event under Thursday, April 30, 2015, for more information.

 

Tennessee Iris Festival Music Fest
Chairperson- Joey Winstead,  431-6396
Come to the Dresden Farmers Market at Terry Oliver Plaza and enjoy a great night of food, hot rods, antique cars, and live music, featuring “Leaving Sunday,” “Roadhouse 54, Matt Wolf, and others.  Festivities begin at 6 p.m.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

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 races 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) or $20.00 on the day of the race 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.net.

 

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 36th Annual Tennessee Iris Festival.  The parade begins at 10:00 a.m.  You can find a highlighted map of the parade route in this booklet.  Advance registration for entry is required by Friday, May 1, 2015.  Entries forms available at First State Bank, Dresden and at tennesseeirisfestival.net.

 

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, “The Face of the Iris”.  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 819-4922 or 514-2678.

McWherter Luncheon 

Chairpersons: Kate Bynum, 819-4922

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.

 

Black and Blue Alumni Football Game

Chairperson:  Jake Doster, 514-9285

Join us for the 1st Annual Black and Blue Alumni Football Game between Westview and Dresden High School Football Alumni.  This year’s game is hosted by the Dresden Alumni and will be held at Rotary Field at Dresden High School.  The game starts at 7:00 p.m.  Come out and show your school spirit!  Tickets are $10.00 and can be purchased at First State in Dresden or from any of the participating football alumni.  Free admission for children (6 years old and under) and for any Youth League Football players who wear their jerseys to the game.  Half of the proceeds from advanced tickets sales will go directly to Dresden High School’s football program.  Buy your tickets in advance and come out to support our schools!

 

The Tennessee Iris Festival Scholarship Fund

A member of the Iris Festival Executive Board will be at each event during the 36th Annual Tennessee Iris Festival with a flower pot intended for the collection of donations to the Tennessee Iris Festival Scholarship Fund established in 2012.  Your donations will be greatly appreciated and will benefit the recipients of the Tennessee Iris Festival Scholarship.  This scholarship will be awarded to two Dresden High School students who have volunteered service to the Tennessee Iris Festival in honor of this year’s Tennessee Iris Festival Grand Marshals and Citizen of the Year.

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.

2012 Iris Festival, Dresden, Tennessee

Friends,

It is Iris Festival Time in Dresden, Tennessee!
This year, it will run from Saturday to Saturday, April 28 – May 5, 2012.
Without further ado, here is your schedule!

View a detailed schedule of every event by clicking here.

SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 2012

  • Opening Ceremonies
    Dresden City Park 6:00 p.m.
    Rain Location-Dresden Athletic Center
    Entertainment featuring Avonlea
    Arts & Crafts Marketplace
    Fireworks Extravaganza and Free Food
    Carnival Opens

      (Trinity Amusements Carnival – Runs all week through Saturday, May 5)

SUNDAY, APRIL 29, 2012

  • Cemetery Walk
    Sunset Cemetary 5:00 p.m.
    “It’s All in a Name”

MONDAY, APRIL 30, 2012

  • Prayer Breakfast
    Dresden Elementary Multi-Purpose Room
    7:00 a.m. – Tickets $5.00
  • Tasting Party
    Dresden Elks Lodge
    5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | Admission $7.00

View a detailed schedule of every event by clicking here.

TUESDAY, MAY 1, 2012

  • Children’s Fun Bingo
    Dresden Elementary School
    6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | Free prizes
  • Fun Bingo
    Dresden Athletic Center
    7:00 p.m. | Free prizes

WEDNESDAY, MAY 2, 2012

  • Baking Contest
    McWherter Civic Center
    8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. | No entry fee
    Judging begins at 10:00 a.m.
  • Senior Citizens Luncheon
    McWherter Civic Center
    12:00 noon potluck
  •  Pancake Supper
    Dresden First Baptist Church
    Family Life Center – 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    Tickets $5.00 | Proceeds to benefit Santa’s Helpers
  • Community Wide Gospel Singing
    Dresden First Baptist Church – 7:00 p.m.

View a detailed schedule of every event by clicking here.

THURSDAY, MAY 3, 2012

  • Community Health Fair
    West Side of Court Square
    9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
    Free Health Screenings
  • Quilt and Needlework Show
    McWherter Civic Center
    10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Advanced registration is required
  •  Golf Tournament
    Persimmon Hills Golf Course
    Lunch 11:30 a.m. – Tee off 12:30 p.m.
    Advanced registration required
  • Fairy Tale Feast
    Dresden Elementary Cafeteria
    4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. FREE
  • Fashion Show
    Dresden Elementary Multi-Purpose Room
    6:30 p.m. | Tickets $5.00

FRIDAY, MAY 4, 2012

  • Ken-Tenn Iris Association Show
    Dresden First Baptist Family Life Center
    7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – FREE AIS Affiliate
  • Tennessee Iris Festival Horticulture Show
    Dresden First Baptist Family Life Center
    Entries 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Judging starts at 9:45 a.m.
    Public viewing from 1:00 p.m.  – 5:00 p.m.
  • Corner Cafè
    Dresden United Methodist Church
    11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Tickets $5.00
  • Music Fest
    Court Square Lawn – 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
    Entertainment by local talent | Free picnic

View a detailed schedule of every event by clicking here.

SATURDAY, MAY 5, 2012

  • 5K Race, 2 Mile Walk, 1 Mile Kids Fun Run, .25 Mile Tot Run
    Races begin at corner of Main & Poplar Streets
    8:00 a.m. for 5K & 2 Mile
    7:30 a.m. for Kids Run
    8:50 a.m. Tot Run
    Entry fees in advance or day of race | Trophies & Medallions Awarded
  • Tennessee Iris Festival Parade
    New Parade Route: Beginning on Evergreen Street & ending on Main Street
    10:00 a.m. – Advanced registration required by May 2, 2012
  • McWherter Luncheon
    Carey Lawn – Home of Governor Ned Ray McWherter
    Rain Location – Dresden Elementary School Multi-purpose Room
    12:00 noon | Advanced tickets required $10.00
  • Pet Show
    Dresden City Park – 1:00 p.m.
    Variety of categories | FREE
  • Antique Tractor Pull
    Richie & Reggie’s BBQ – Hwy. 22
    11:00 a.m. – $20 entry fee
    Variety of categories – No hot rods
    Air Evac sign up available

View a detailed schedule of every event by clicking here.

For more information, click here to visit the Weakley County Website Community Page; you’ll find a detailed description of every event, the new parade route, and more. 
Iris Festival books are also available at the Dresden City Hall on the Court Square in Dresden.  Personalize your schedule, make plans with friends to go to all of your favorite events, and have a festive Iris Festival.

Happy Iris Festival!
From your friends at
The Weakley County Department of Finance
8319 Hwy. 22, Suite B
Dresden, TN 38225
731.364.5429

Local area upcoming events

Friends,
There is so much going on in West Tennessee! Here are a few of the upcoming events in the West Tennessee surrounding county area.

 8th Annual Miss West TN
WOW Springtime Pageant,
Gleason, Tennessee
731.648.5883
March 31 – 3:00 p.m. – Old Gleason GymnasiumQualifying event for Strawberry Pageant
$20 entry fee, admission is $5.  Ages allowed: Boys less than one year old to boys 9 years. Girls less than one year old to girls ages 16-21. Registration will begin 45 minutes prior to each age category. For information, call Alicia at 731.648.5883 or email wverdell@hotmail.com
Dresden Iris Festival
http://www.tennesseeirisfestival.com/
731.364.5101
April 28 – May 5, 2012
City-wide yard sale, carnival, luncheons, golf tournament, quilt and needlework contest, arts and crafts marketplace, horticulture show, music fest, 5K and 2 mile walk and 1 mile kids fun run, tractor pull, pet show, tasting party, cemetery walk and much more. Schedule will be posted as soon as it becomes available.
Sketch Crawl
Paris, Tennessee
731.653.7274
April 14, 2012
Organized by Joe Snow of Paris, meet on the north side of the Henry County Courthouse at 10:00 AM with pencil, paper, or sketch pad. Everyone draws for 30 minutes and shifts to a different side of the courthouse and starts over. At noon the group calls it a day and photos are taken of the sketches for the Downtown Paris Association. Open to all ages it is free of charge. For more information email Joe Snow at joeearl.snow@gmail.com.
World’s Biggest Fish Fry
Paris, Tennessee
April 23-29, 2012
731.642.3431
Over five tons of catfish on order to serve thousands of visitors at this fish fry. Includes IPRA rodeo, parade, catfish races, and more.

5k Hushpuppy Dash, April 23

Free street dance, April 25

Carnival and Country Dance, April 26

All You Can Eat Fish Tent, Carnival, Hushpuppy Eating Contest, Christian Concert, April 27

Arts & Crafts Show, Fish Tent, Carnival, Rodeo, April 28

Grand Parade, Arts & Crafts, Fish Tent, Carnival, Rodeoa, April 29

Horse & Mule Pull, Small Fry Parade, Arts & Crafts, Catfish Races, Jr. Fishing Rodeo, Carnival, Fish Tent, Rodeo, April 30

Carnival, May 1

West Tennessee Strawberry Festival
Humboldt, Tennessee
May 6-12, 2012
731.784.1842
Junior & Grand Floats Parades, Opening Ceremonies with Fireworks Extravaganza, Receipe Contest, Prayer Breakfast, Checker Tourament, Barbecue Cook Off, Horse Show, Car Show, Tractor Show, Christian Concert and Governor’s Luncheon
 Mike Snider (of Gleason) at
35th Annual Uncle Dave Macon Days – Cannonsburgh Village  – Murfreesborohttp://www.uncledavemacondays.com
 July 13 – 15, South Front Street in Murfreesboro, TNConsidered one of America’s premier summer festivals, the family-oriented event annually gathers more than 40,000 people for a hearty blend of music and dance southern style. Other family-oriented events taking place throughout the festival include: heritage activities for children, ethnic and southern style concessions, locally handcrafted arts, crafts & trades demonstrations, a historic photo exhibit, storytelling, and Sunday Gospel Showcase and Community Service Fair.
2012 Miss Tennessee Scholarship Pageant
June 20-23, 2012
Jackson, Tennessee
731.425.8590
The scholarship fund is based on a rich scholastic tradition which has been the cornerstone of the Miss America program since 1945. Today, educational achievements and public service continue to be the primary objectives for the Miss America and the Miss Tennessee organizations. In 2008, the Miss Tennessee Scholarship Foundation, Inc. awarded over $100,000 in cash scholarships to our participants.

Get out there and have a ball!

From your friends at The Department of Finance in Dresden, Tennessee

West Tennessee Pageants – 2013

Friends,

We have updated the list of pageants in the West Tennessee area for those looking to enter to win a crown, sash, or monetary prize. We will add more as those dates become available.

Bradford Doodle Soup Pageant

Event Details
Date & Time: September 7, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Bradford Elementary School Gym in Bradford, TN
Phone: 731-742-3386
Event Description
Sponsored By The Lions Club* Proceeds Benefit Projects of The Bradford Lions Club
Coordinated by Bill Stallings
Registration starts at 9:30 am
* This Pageant is open to Everyone in ALL Towns and Counties*
Event Pricing & Extras
Entry Fee – $20   * Extra Categories are $5 Each*
DRESS ATTIRE- Sunday Best or Pageant attire
* AGES 13-21 PAGEANT WEAR ONLY *
Door Admission $3.00- Adults $1.00 Children (ages 11-18) Children 10 and under FREE.
One parent will be admitted free with one child in pageant.
TO PREREGISTER PLEASE CALL- 731-364-3534

Memphis Beauty and Barber Beauty Pageant

August 24, 2013 –  Memphis, Tennessee
Pageant only for Tennessee resident girls.  26th Memphis Beauty and Barber 26th Annual Beauty Pageant for young ladies only ages 5-21 (grouped by age category). Pageant girls have sponsors, must have a talent, an evening gown. Few other minors.
Ages: children, preteen, teen, college, Miss
Website:  www.memphisbeautyandbarberprofessionals.com

Miss Capitol City Pageant

August 24, 2013 – Nashville, Tennessee
An official local preliminary to the Miss Tennessee and Miss America scholarship pageants. The winner will compete in the Miss Tennessee Pageant, leading to the Miss America pageant! Scholarship program open to TN contestants ages 17-24 years.
Ages: teen, college, Miss
Website: www.misstennessee.org

Golden Rose Fairytale Fantasy Pageant

August 31, 2013 – Dover, Tennessee
Open to all states. Come compete in Beauty and Fairy or Princess attire for the Real 24k Golden Rose and other prizes. Early Bird specials and sibling discounts offered. We are a Natural to Soft Glitz promoter and prefer age appropriate hair and make-up. No Routine Required and Modeling is Not Scored. Come win Big with us!
Ages: babies, toddlers, children, pre-teens, teens, college, Miss, boys, plus-size
Website: website

 

Golden Rose Fairytale Fantasy Pageant Tour

September 7, 2013 – Parsons, Tennessee
Open to all states. Come compete at the Decatur County Civic Center for Gifts, Toys, Amazing crowns and More! Each Contestant will compete in Beauty and Princess or Fairy Wear. No Routine Required and Everyone will win a Crown. $100 Entry Fee- Sibling Discount available. Be a Princess or Fairy for a Day and Win Big! Ages 0-21 years.
Ages: baby, toddler, children, preteen, teen, college, Miss, boys, plus-size
Website: website

 

Tennessee State Fair Pageants

September 13-15, 2013 – Nashville, Tennessee
Open to Tennessee Residents only. All girls ages 4-20 compete to win over 100 awards and titles. Fairest of the Fair Winner receives a cash prize! Queen Supreme wins Crown/Sash/Gown Gift Certificate. Register online by August 31. Pageant for girls ages 4-20 at TN State Fairgrounds.
Ages:  children, preteen, teen
Website: www.studiosixlimited.com

West Tennessee State Fair Pageants

September 10-15, 2013
http://www.wtsfair.com/d/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=96&Itemid=101

 

The Golden Rose Fantasy Pageant

September 15, 2013 – Jackson, Tennessee
Open to all states. Visit us for the Fairytale Fantasy Tour! Come dressed as your favorite princess or fairy and compete for the Real 24K Gold Rose and other prizes and gifts. 2 Events- Pageant Wear and Fantasy Wear. No Routines necessary- Great for novice or pro.
Ages: babies, toddlers, children, pre-teens, teens, college, Miss, boys, plus-size
Website: www.goldenrosepageantry.com

 

Miss Tennessee USA Pageant

October 3-5, 2013 – Clarksville, Tennessee
The official Tennessee state pageant leading to the prestigious Miss USA® Pageant. The winner will represent Tennessee in the Miss USA® Pageant!
Events: interview, swimsuit competition, evening gown competition, on-stage question.
Ages: teen, college, Miss
Website: www.misstennesseeusa.com

Miss Tennessee Teen USA Pageant

October 3-5, 2013 – Clarksville, Tennessee
The official Tennessee state pageant leading to the prestigious Miss Teen USA® Pageant. The
winner will represent Tennessee in the Miss Teen USA® Pageant!
Events: interview, swimsuit competition, evening gown competition, on-stage question.
Ages: teen  —  Website: www.misstennesseeusa.com

Miss Tipton County Pageant

October 12, 2013 – Covington, Tennessee
An official local preliminary to the Miss Tennessee and Miss America scholarship pageants. Available to residents of Lauderdale, Haywood, Dyer, Shelby, Madison and Tipton county residents. The winner will compete in the Miss Tennessee Pageant, leading to the Miss America pageant! Scholarship program open to TN contestants ages 17-24 years.
Ages: teen, college, Miss
Website: www.misstennessee.org

Tennessee Charm Autumn Extravaganza Pageant

October 13, 2013 – Huntingdon, Tennessee
Open to all states! 8 age groups 0-12 Months, 13-23 Months, 2-3 years, 4-5 years, 6-8 Years, 9-12 Years, 13-15 years, 16-over.
Theme: autumn / fall wear
Ages: babies, toddlers, children, pre-teens, teens, college, Miss
Website: www.misstncharm.com

Miss Fall Fest Tennessee Pageant

Union City, Tennessee – November 16, 2013
An official local preliminary to the Miss Tennessee and Miss America scholarship pageants. The winner will compete in the Miss Tennessee Pageant, leading to the Miss America pageant! Scholarship program open to TN contestants ages 17-24 years.
Ages: teen, college, Miss
Website: www.misstennessee.org

Tennessee Charm Christmas in Beautyland Pageant

Huntingdon, Tennessee – December 1, 2013
Open to all states! 8 age groups 0-12 Months, 13-23 Months, 2-3 years, 4-5 years, 6-8 Years, 9-12 Years, 13-15 years, 16-over. Christmas /holiday-wear.
Ages: babies, toddlers, children, pre-teens, teens, college, Miss
Website: www.misstncharm.com

Thanks, and good luck from your friends at
Weakley County, Tennessee!