Benton Arts and Heritage Day Saturday
The downtown streets around the courthouse square will be closed off to allow visitors to walk through and look at vendors, listen to music, and grab a bite to eat. Bouncy houses and games will be available for kids, as well as a petting zoo.
Plans are set for the annual Benton Arts and Heritage Day Festival, slated for Saturday, October 26th from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. The downtown streets around the courthouse square will be closed off to allow visitors to walk through and look at vendors, listen to music, and grab a bite to eat. Bouncy houses and games will be available for kids, as well as a petting zoo. Costumes are encouraged and treat stations will be set up for candy.
Camp 2089 will be conducting a re-dedication to the Confederate Monument outside the Polk County Court House with a ceremony starting at 11:00 am with Mrs. Sharon Cain as the primary speaker. The group will be dressed in period clothing and will also be setting up a booth to talk to folks about their camp, the SCV and the war.
Blacksmithing and corn milling demonstrations will take place on the south side of the courthouse. The annual tractor show, previously held at the Benton IGA, will be downtown this year. IGA Manager Teresa Bell will be offering a special sale during the event, so local residents are invited to stop by on their way home to check it out.
Marie Spaeder Haas will offer a watercolor demonstration inside the Polk County News office beginning at 1 p.m. Haas will also open an exhibit of Native American watercolors during Benton Arts and Heritage Day, and the exhibit will remain up through the winter.
Quilt Court, the annual quilt show held inside the old courtroom on the third floor of the Polk County Courthouse, will be open until 5 p.m. Those who still wish to add a quilt to the show are welcome to bring them to the Polk County News no later than noon on Friday. As always, there are no prizes for the show and all types and styles of quilts are welcome. Whether you are an expert or a novice, we want to show off your talent. Old quilts, even if they are falling apart, tell our history and are welcome.
Local bluegrass favorites Just Us will take the stage at 1 p.m. Other singers for the day include David Ingram, Robert Johnson, and Deanna Runion. If you are looking for something to do later in the evening once the festival is over, Just Us will be performing at the Ocoee Dam Deli from 7-9 p.m.
Just up from the downtown festivities, Halloween Queen pageants will begin at the Showbarn at 4 p.m. Loretta Rummel with the Polk County Fair Association organized the contests as a part of the celebration to raise money for the annual Polk County Fair. Boo-ti-ful hair, boo-ti-ful eyes, boo-ti-ful out, boo-ti-ful personality, and boo-ti-ful photo optiona are available for contestants. A crowd favorite vote will be available for $1 the day of the event. Contact Loretta for more information at 423-715-0308.
Funding is provided by The Tennessee Arts Commission and the Tennessee Overhill Heritage Association.
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