Back by popular demand is the frozen t-shirt contest, enjoyed by all ages, and the salsa eating contests. The Pet Show and Blessing of the Pets is another event that adults and kids both flock to. Are you a good cook? You get a chance to show off your skills during the cake and pie baking contest and the chili-cooking contest.
For a bit of nostalgia, visit the quilt display that will feature heirloom and modern day fabric creations. While the kids are busy in the bouncy house, getting their face painted and enjoying the many games, you can find great bargains at the arts and crafts booths. Local merchants will have sidewalk sales and great festival food will be available around every corner.
Opening ceremonies begin on the square at 10 a.m., and the music line-up for the day will include local favorites like the Singing Firefighter David Smith, The Barnett Family, HHS Show Choir, Blair Simpson, HHS Gospel Choir, Haywood’s Got Talent Winner Katherine Tritt, Roses Unread and Christ Church Praise Band.
Headlining this year event is music legend Alex Harvey. Harvey has enjoyed success as a singer, songwriter and actor. He is a Haywood County native and is perhaps most known for writing the hit song Delta Dawn.
Also appearing at this year’s festival is another Haywood County native and festival favorite, Mickey Utley. Utley recently released his single “Cry like Memphis,” which is enjoying play on radio stations across the country.
In conjunction with the Hatchie Fall Fest, the Haywood County Amateur Radio Group will be set up at Oneal Lake, on the Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge, October 16-17. The ham radio operators will be celebrating National Wildlife Refuge Week, and invite everyone to come out and learn about the rich cultural heritage and significance of the Hatchie River's impact on Haywood County's early development.
Admission to the Hatchie Fall Fest is free and open to everyone. For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit www.hatchiefallfest.com.
(kids games picture) Kid’s at the Hatchie Fall Fest enjoy a day filled with giant slides, bouncy houses, face painting and more. This year’s event will include pony rides and a petting zoo, too.
(craft vendor picture) Adults pass the time browsing the many arts and crafts booths, listening to a variety of musical performances and sampling the many food offerings. This year’s event will be held Saturday, October 16, on the historic Brownsville court square.