Old Timers Festival activities will kick off this weekend with the 4th Annual Miss La Vergne pageants. On Saturday, babies and children in the community will compete in the baby show starting at 11:00 a.m., followed by the pageants which will begin at 1:00 p.m. The application deadline has been extended to Thursday, September 4 at 4:30 p.m. to give all girls the opportunity to enter. The pageants will be held in the auditorium at La Vergne High School.
Carnival rides will be open starting on Wednesday, September 9 at 5:00 p.m. and go through Saturday, September 13 at 10:00 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park. Entertainment will start at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, September 12 with Zone Status, a popular police band from Murfreesboro. The parade this year, featuring grand marshals Martin and Mary Blair, will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday. After that, entertainment will be free throughout the day. There will be stilt walkers, juggling, and balloon animals, along with local bands Williamson Branch, The Springs, Gary Pailer and Friends, Missy Garnett and the Two Dollar Pistols.
All craft and food vendors will be open on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., joining sponsors groups, civic organizations, and political candidates. In addition, the city will have several tents set up for the Library, Fire Department, Senior Center, and more. Notable items to be sold include he Spirit of Rutherford County print for La Vergne and a collector's t-shirt commemorating breast cancer awareness.
The Firehouse Fellowship in conjunction with the La Vergne Fire Department will be selling the pink t-shirts featuring the fire department logo with the caption "Real Firefighters Wear Pink."
The t-shirts will be sold for $15 and all proceeds will be donated to the Susan G. Komen organization that focuses on finding a cure for breast cancer. The Fire Department booth will also provide first aid and blood pressure checks.
The La Vergne Senior Center booth will again sell their famous fried pies, along with handmade craft items. Funds raised will go toward supporting programs at the Senior Center. The city tent will have a spinning wheel to win prizes ranging from balsa gliders to sunglasses to beautiful puzzles celebrating the Spirit of Rutherford County.
Some of the featured craft items include Victorian Christmas spiders, festive plates, stained glass, wind chimes, tutus, bows, wire name jewelry, handmade soaps, and food candles such as hot fudge sundae, banana split, and more.
"Clearly we are packed with things to do at our festival this year," said Mayor Senna Mosley. "From free music to eating the famous roast corn on the cob, it will be a beautiful day to celebrate 'Neighbors Serving Neighbors.' I hope everyone comes on out and has a great time!"