(La Vergne, Tenn.) The City of La Vergne is putting its final touches on the highly anticipated Old Timers Festival, which is scheduled for this Saturday, Sept. 18. With vendors, kid’s activities, games, food and live music and entertainment, there’s plenty to do for everyone. There will be a kick-off concert on Friday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park featuring Resurrection: A Journey Tribute band.
The Old Timers Festival begins with a parade through the heart of La Vergne starting at 10 a.m. The parade begins at City Hall and travels east along Murfreesboro Road and turns down Floyd Mayfield Drive before ending at Veterans Memorial Park. Road closures will be in place along Murfreesboro Road around 9:30 a.m. This year’s grand marshal is Donnie and Teresa Fergus.
The festival, which is sponsored this year by TDS Telecom, will officially kick off following the parade at Veterans Memorial Park, located at 115 Floyd Mayfield Drive, and will continue until 3:30 p.m. Two concerts are scheduled for the football field stage, Phoenix Rising at 11:30 a.m. and The Rode West Band at 2 p.m. The Eaglemaniacs will close out the concert with a performance starting at 7 p.m.
In addition to live music there will be animal education shows, puppet shows, a petting zoo, axe throwing station, trackless train rides, and an agility test put on by the fire department. The Kid’s Zone will have tractor races, old fashioned games, a spyder jump and inflatables, along with special crafts put on by the La Vergne Public Library. Special demonstrators will also be stationed at the park, including a blacksmith, wood splitting, musket demonstration and glass art workshop.
Dozens of arts and crafts vendors have signed up for this year’s festival, along with other civic vendors and business vendors. Food vendors will also be on hand.
Other sponsors for this year’s festival include Inframark, Ragan Smith, Tennessee Farmers Cooperative, Air Conditioning Services, Griggs & Maloney, Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce, Middle Tennessee Electric, Parthenon Tube, Inc., Box 100, Biggins BBQ, First Horizon Bank, Chick-Fil-A and Taylor Farms.