Hatchie Fall Fest full of fun competitions
Scarecrows take over Courthouse lawn
Hatchie Fall Fest fun kicks off this Saturday, October 11, with the return of the scarecrows to the courthouse lawn. Children, adults, organizations, churches and businesses are invited to participate in the annual scarecrow contest that will be judged Saturday afternoon at 5 p.m. Entry is free and winners in both the children and adult categories will win cash prizes. An overall creative gift package will also be awarded. Scarecrows can be made of any materials and constructed securely on the courthouse lawn. Enter online at www.hatchiefallfest.com or at the Delta Heritage Center by 5 p.m., Friday, October 10.
Are you Haywood County’s best baker?
Compete for the title of best baker at this year’s Cake and Pie Baking Contest. Competition begins at 10 a.m., inside the Haywood County Courthouse Saturday, October 18, during the Hatchie Fall Fest. First, second and third place ribbons will be awarded in both categories and presentation will be awarded to an overall winner including both categories. Two cakes or pies can be entered. Complete rules and regulations can be found online. Visit www.hatchiefallfest.com or stop by All That’s Victoria on the square for an entry form. Pre-register before 5 p.m., Friday, October 17.
Pet Show and Blessing
Four-legged friends are welcome at the Hatchie Fall Fest, too. The Brownsville-Haywood County Humane Society has planned two events just for our animal friends on Saturday, October 18. The Pet Show will begin at 10 a.m. in the grassy area of the First United Methodist Church at the entrance to the Day School. The show is open to all pets: furry, fuzzy, scaled, prickly or leathery. Get them dressed-up, decorated and costumed for this favorite event.
Immediately following the Pet Show will be the Blessing of the Pets, an annual service that has been a big hit with pet owners for years. Rev. Sammy Tillman will perform the ceremony. You don’t have to enter the pet show to receive the blessing. There are no fees for these events, but humane society members hope you will make a donation to help continue the work of the Humane Society in Haywood County. For more information, contact Alice Nunn at 772-0951, or any humane society member.
Chill out at the Frozen T-shirt Contest
Perhaps the most popular event at the Hatchie Fall Fest is the annual Frozen T-shirt Contest where contestants compete to see who can unfreeze and fit into a t-shirt the fastest. Competition begins at 1:15 p.m., Saturday, October 18, in front of the East Main Street stage area. This contest is free to enter, open to everyone and broken down in three age categories; 5-10 yrs., 11-16 yrs., and 17 and up. Participants are asked to pre-register at the information booth up until contest time. The object is to thaw the t-shirt and successfully fit your head and arms into the shirt as for normal wear. The first person to do so in their age category will be declared the winner. Winners receive a free Hatchie Fall Fest t-shirt. Entry forms are also available online (www.hatchiefallfest.com) along with complete rules and regulations.
Jam with the West Tennessee Blues Society
Musicians and vocalists are invited to sit-in with seasoned bluesmen of the area for a Jam Session celebrating the Blues genre and especially West Tennessee Blues Saturday, October 18, during the Hatchie Fall Fest. The core band will be made up of well-known artist from the region including Ron Haney, Elam McKnight, Charles Howell and others who realize the importance of preserving our musical heritage and helping foster an environment for young people to learn about and experience the legacy of the Blues. The Jam Session is held from 2 to 4:30 p.m., and will be open to all ages. Remember to bring your instrument and stop by the stage located on North Lafayette. The stage and event is sponsored by the West Tennessee Blues Society.
Mini-Tractors compete at Boyd Street arena
Haywood County Mini-Pullers compete Saturday afternoon, October 18, beginning at 5 p.m. The event that takes place at the Boyd Street arena, across from B.T. Redi-Mix, welcomes Hatchie Fall Fest attendees with free admission.
Here is an opportunity to watch kids of all ages see just how powerful their mini tractors are as they compete to see who can pull the most weight the longest distance along the dirt track.
35th Annual Car Show
The tradition continues Sunday, October 19, when the Tennessee Trash Car Show in Brownsville, Tenn., will present its 35th annual event. This year’s event will take place at the WOW/Elma Ross Public Library, 100 Boyd Ave. The show raises money for Haywood County charities. The Multiple Disability Class has been the beneficiary of the show’s proceeds for most of the 35 years. Participants are asked to register between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Entry fees are $25 per car and includes an event t-shirt. Judging will begin at 1:30 p.m., and winners will be announced during an awards ceremony at 2:30 p.m. There will be classes for all entries. For more information, contact Tim Sills, 731-780-6061; Wayne McCool, 731-772-9276; or Joe W. Sills, 731-780-1356.