Brownsville's Hatchie Fall Fest adds Blues Jam to October 19 fun

Festivalgoers from all over the Mid-South will be in Brownsville, Tenn., Saturday, October 19, for the 10th annual Hatchie Fall Fest. The event has grown to attract more than 9,000 attendees during the family-friendly celebration that includes kid's games and activities, cooking and eating contests, live music, arts and crafts and lots of food. The event opens at 10 a.m. and continues through the evening on the town's historic court square.

In addition to two sound stages, aspiring musicians of all ages are invited to participate in a Jam session sponsored by the recently-formed West Tennessee Blues Society. Beginning at 2 p.m., artists can bring their own instruments and sit-in with a core band made up of well-known blues players from around the region.

"We're excited about the Blues Society becoming involved with the festival," says Sonia Outlaw-Clark, one of the festival volunteers, "especially encouraging the young people to develop their musical talents and introduce them to the Blues genre."

Entertainment for this year's event will feature music from all genres including traditional and  contemporary gospel, country, rock, rock-a-billy, blues and rhythm and blues. Among the entertainers are Beale Street's own Memphis Jones, bluegrass favorite Wildwood Express, Rockabilly legend Rayburn Anthony and rockers Roses Unread. Headlining the event is well-known artists Russell Dickerson, Little Boys Blue and Mickey Utley. Taking the stage for the first time will be students from Brownsville's Ellington Performing Arts Studio. Performances start at 10 a.m.

Along with great music, festivalgoers will enjoy browsing over 100 arts and crafts booths and local merchant sidewalk sales. The Frozen T-shirt Contest is back, as are the Pet Show and Blessing, Cake and Pie Baking and Hot Salsa Eating contests.

The Hatchie Fall Fest is held annually on the third Saturday of October in Brownsville, Tenn.. Admission to the festival is free and open to everyone. For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit