By Tina Taylor
Music has always been an important factor in the heritage of all cultures. Music has made Tennessee famous worldwide. The county, in the middle of this great state, has lots of talented folks who love to sing.
Whether along with the radio, MP3 player or karaoke, people move to the songs in their heads and hearts. If this is you or someone you know, submit an entry form for the Musicfest competition. It helps to build self confidence, and any age is welcome to enter. You need to start somewhere to show folks your talent! Prizes for individual performers will be $50 and a trophy for first place and trophies for second and third places. In the group competition, first place prize will be $125 and a trophy, with second and third place winners receiving trophies. The top grand prize will be two hours of STAR Recording studio time.
That is just one of the great and fun things that will be going on this Saturday at the 29th annual Pioneer Day Heritage Festival and Dog Challenge being held at the fairgrounds starting at 9 a.m. this Saturday, Sept. 14. Plan to attend and enjoy the all-day music and entertainment plus food old-time craft demonstrations and activities for the kids. The goal of the festival is to reach deep into rural communities and encourage local craftsman, artist and seniors to share their knowledge of the traditional art forms and preserve the arts and crafts of yesteryear as we move through the present.
Some of the music performances on the outside stage will be Southern Pride Country Band, Tom Fincher, Sparta Square Dancers, Glory Bound Trio, Dulcimores and The Plateau Old Time German Pokka Band. There will be a special guest performance by bluegrass recording artist Carrie Hassler will begin at noon. Others include Anthony Woolbright, Patrick Studner, Dewayne Wagner and Cowboy Bob Johnson. On the inside stage will be 2-4-You, Wayne and Ruth Lucas. Elvis impersonator Bob Johnson will be singing all those old Elvis tunes you love, starting at 1 p.m. This will be the 26th year at Pioneer Day for the Gospel Aires.
There is a lot more than music. The kids are going to love the Zero Gravity Bungee and the bouncy inflatables. The Happy Kids Puppet Show will be there, and there will be free horse-drawn wagon rides and the tractor club's kiddie train rides. In addition, there will be lots of cakewalks and door prizes for everyone, cowboys and soldiers. There is always so much to do. This year, the dogs are getting in on the fun with the addition of the Great Outdoor Dog Challenge by the Plateau Animal Hospital.
This is the annual main fund-raising event to benefit the Fair Park Senior Center of Cumberland County. Adults are $5 at the gate and kids 12 and under are free. Bring the whole family because there is going to be so much to do this Saturday at the longest running festival in the area, the 29th annual Pioneer Day Heritage Festival, at the fairgrounds. You don’t want to miss it!
The Fair Park Senior Center is at 1433 Livingston Rd. in Crossville and is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit their website at http://www.fairparkseniorcenter.org to learn more or call 484-7416.