The Strawberry Festival in Adairville began this past weekend with the annual car show, but this is the week is when festivities really kick into high gear with all of the other events and attractions.
It all gets under way this week on Thursday as Casey’s Rides comes back to town for another Strawberry Festival. That night local singers will be showcased beginning at 6 p.m. Clay Bileyu will serve as emcee for the evening and will be singing as well. There will also be vendors, art and quilt exhibits.
On Friday, Adairville’s own Gospeltones will be singing at 5 p.m. in the gazebo and at 7:30 p.m. Four on the Flour from Fayetteville, Tenn., will be playing oldies for the street dance.
Saturday morning begins with the baby show at 10 am. Kelly Bond will be at the Chamber of Commerce in Native American costume talking about the early settlers in the area. Charlotte Brindley will be there in period costume giving a presentation about the Hite House and family. At noon the Stevenson family and friends will be singing.
The Jackson-Dickinson duel will be reenacted at 1 p.m. and at 2 p.m., the annual parade will be starting. Immediately after the parade an auction will be held as well as an art walk and tour beginning at the Olde Bank Art Studio. By Faith Band will be singing at 5 p.m. and Nick Riggins and the Hard Dogs will be the Grand Finale for the evening.
While the festival remains largely the same from year to year, efforts are being made to spruce up one the most popular attractions – the Jackson-Dickinson duel.
This year, Dave Dockins as Andrew Jackson, the seventh president of the United States and Alexander Brindley as a young Nashville attorney Charles Dickinson, together with the rest of our creative team and reenactors from the Hermitage will demonstrate an improved and more bloody affair of honor between the two gentlemen, whose rivalry led to one of the most famous duels in American history.
The reenactment will be held on South High Street right behind the red house on the corner of Gallatin and S. High Street.
“The reasoning behind it is that it is a grassy area and more authentic looking than on the street,” said Adairville mayor Donna Blake. “It lends itself to a better setting. There are many reenactors coming from the Hermitage that will be part of the cast. There will be signs marking the way to the site. Please open your mind to new ideas and come and watch this reenactment of a part of our Adairville history come to life.”
To contact OJ Stapleton, email [email protected] or call 270-726-8394.