Lots More Fiddlin' Around at the Heritage Festival

The 15th Annual Union County Heritage Festival offers a multitude of ways to just do more fiddlin' around on Saturday, October 5. With three venues and three music stages, there will be sights, sounds, and activities for all ages.
The 2019 festival culminates a two-year tribute to Roy Acuff, Maynardville native and country music legend, who is hailed as the King of Country Music. The theme of "More Fiddlin' Around" reminds us of the importance of enjoying our time with friends and family, time in reflection, as well as Acuff's favorite instrument. From the opening at 10 a.m. with Mayor Jason Bailey, the Veterans and Keaton Roach, to the last notes of the fiddle contest winners, there will be lots "More Fiddlin' Around in Union County."
After the opening on the Main Stage at the Gazebo, Stoney Point Bluegrass Band will entertain with a medley of familiar and modern tunes with a new twist. Next up will be The Sleepy-Eyed John's Band to entertain with a variety of country music and bluegrass songs with plenty of fiddles played by all ages. Sleepy-Eyed also showcases cloggers.
But the real treat this year is at noon when our own Luttrell Fiddle Club students, under the direction of Ms. Jennifer Fields, fiddle some familiar tunes as well as dance and sing some memorable folk songs. The club's instruments from Wilhite Strings were made possible through an East Tennessee Foundation Arts Fund Grant to help us grow our own fiddlers.
Afterwards will be the tribute to Roy Acuff, then Andy Williams and the Cumberland Station Band. Rounding out the Gazebo Stage will be a special performance by Southern Spirit who is now a duo. Shandy and Chris delight in entertaining with their own original lyrics and melodies.
More music and fiddling will stream from the Front Porch Stage. Wild Blue Yonder Band offers a mixture of traditional country dating back to the Carter family, as well as hints of some Irish ballads like Blue-Eyed Suzy. WBY features one of the best fiddlers in these parts, Cindy Wallace, a teacher in Claiborne County.
Dustin Ford showcases the talents of our youth with his own renditions of Wabash Cannonball, made famous by Roy Acuff and later Johnny Cash. Union County's own Virginia Faith will strum her ukulele straight to your heart with her Dolly Parton voice.
Some of the best banjo pickin' and fiddlin' will land on stage with Wayne & Eric. Their musical talent and expertise combines for nearly a century of country, bluegrass and gospel songs. More fiddling will appear with Norris Freeway Band in the form of toe-tappin', foot-stompin' melodies from country to bluegrass.
At 1 p.m. the Front Porch Stage will erupt with More Fiddlin' All Around with the second Heritage Festival Fiddle Contest. Amateurs from three counties will compete for cash prizes. First place awards $300, second place $200, and the third place winner receives $100. A grant from the East Tennessee Foundation Arts Fund supports the contest.
The Gospel Tent will immerse the audience in praise all day with songs like “I Saw the Light”. Newcomer Ken Chezik from Blaine will bring some familiar gospel tunes.
Ken will be followed by our own Alder Springs Choir who will make you feel like you have truly walked with the Lord.
Returning from a couple of years back will be The Atkins, a mother and daughter who play and sing many gospel and traditional favorites as well as some of their own original tunes.
Gospel Strings, who may bring you to your feet with their moving sounds of modern and traditional praise, will close out the afternoon at the Gospel Tent.
All this music is sure to ignite your appetite. Country victuals include 4-H Cornbread n' Beans with pie from the 4-H Pie Contest, sponsored by Maynardville Coin Laundry. New this year will be Willy's Wood Fired Pizza with a variety of tasty fillings and gooey cheese in a crispy or thick crust.
Of course, Hawg Heaven will offer BBQ with twirled taters and smoked bologna. Pick up a jar of homemade apple butter from the Scottish Rite Club and cool off with a shaved Italian ice from the Lions Club.
Try a burger or hot dog from The Voices of Children Haiti and wash it down with lemonade. Relish every morsel of a funnel cake served by Rainbo. Enjoy breakfast and sandwiches at Milan Church near the Front Porch. Other festival fare will include funnel cakes, kettle corn and cotton candy.
On the walking trail above the Gazebo will be tractors from the 1900's to the 1950's. Beginning at 2 p.m., the tractors will parade through the festival, down Main Street, and return to Veteran's Place. A dozen or so Model A autos will greet visitors near the entrance to Veteran's Place. Martin Shafer will be turning wood at his lathe powered by his hit n' miss engine near the entrance to the Back When section.
Lester Wilson returns after many years to demonstrate basket weaving. Both Wilson and Linda Steele will demonstrate the art of chair caning.
The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) Canton of Hochwald will offer medieval combat and artistry demonstrations along with heritage crafts and dancing on the way to the tractors.
Over 50 arts and craft vendors include woodworking from signs to toys, wreath making with grapevine, burlap and tulle, beaded jewelry, homemade soap, and soy candles. Heritage crafts will demonstrate chair caning, embroidery, crochet and quilting.
The Luttrell Volunteer Fire department will host the Kidz Train and Bounce House. Nearby in the Kidz Zone, children can ride the Shetland Hills ponies or pet a farm animal. Moss's Fantastical Events Duck Pond and Basketball Toss offer super prizes for a small fee for the games.
Children can compete in the Heritage Olympics at 10:45 a.m. in Nail Driving and at 2:30 p.m. in the Pumpkin Seed Spitting Contest. Then they can watch their parents and other adults do Nail Driving, also at 10:45 a.m., or the Feed Bag Toss at the same time. Moms and other women can participate in the Skillet Throw at 3 p.m. Lodge Cast Iron sponsors the prizes.
Children can make items for Operation Christmas Child, have their face painted by Nikki, and get a history lesson from Bradford Rose Camp #1638.
Visitors can hop on the free shuttle sponsored by Monroe Bus Lines, State Farm Insurance and City of Plainview to relax and ride to the Union County Museum and the Historic Snodderly House.
Wanda's Vintage Glass Market is a must at the Museum. Homemade molasses, collectible glassware and other items will be for sale for $5 or less each. Four authors will discuss their books and offer signed copies for sale.
Of course the featured attraction is the Heritage Quilt Show. Ellen Perry and her committee will display quilts from several counties. Some will reflect the theme, "Fiddlin' Around." Others are family heirlooms proudly displayed. Some are hand stitched, others machine sewn. All provide a colorful display of talent and craftsmanship.
Next visitors can ride the shuttle to 720 Main Street, the Historic Snodderly House, where Betty Bullen, Gloria Holcomb, and Chantay Collins will display the Fine Art, Student Art and Photography contests. Both two- and three-dimensional art from amateur area artists and UCHS and HMMS students are part of the exhibit.
Photography of Union County people and places, along with those that depict the theme "More Fiddlin' Around," will be on display. Prizes are sponsored by Jerry's Artarama. Visitors can also view a Professional Artist Exhibit and the Archived Collectible Prints.
Board the shuttle to return to Wilson Park. Grab a funnel cake, some produce from the Farmers Market, and don't forget your Collectible Print to remember how you spent October 5, 2019, in Maynardville just doin' "More Fiddlin' Around."
And come back October 12 for the Union County Opry!



Awards Abound at 2019 Heritage Festival

picture of Rocky Top Award winner for best portrayal of the festival theme, More Fiddlin' Around, was A& B Bookkeeping and Tax Service. Picture has two white rocking chairs in front of a banner made of pumpkins that say More Fiddlin' Around.  The rocking chairs are surrounded by mums in washtubs with a fiddle displayed on haybales.

Rocky Top Award winner for best portrayal of the festival theme, More Fiddlin' Around, was A& B Bookkeeping and Tax Service.

At Wilson Park, over 100 vendors competed for various booth awards at the 2019 Union County Heritage Festival last Saturday. A&B Bookkeeping & Tax Service claimed The Rocky Top award for the best portrayal of the festival theme. The Best Heritage Award for the best example of Union County history portrayed in a craft went to Martin Shafer for making maul handles on an Ole' Time Hit 'n Miss Engine & Lathe. Ralph Webster of Webster's Woodcrafts won Best Unique Craft Item for his handmade Black Walnut Bowl.

Heritage Fiddle Contest Announces Winners

picture of an old front porch with 2019 Fiddle Contest Winners: Eric Nafzigar (2nd), Kasey Moore (1st), Austin Stovall (3rd)

2019 Fiddle Contest Winners: Eric Nafziger (2nd), Kasey Moore (1st), Austin Stovall (3rd)

There was “More Fiddlin' Around” as fiddle lovers of all ages welcomed competitors in Union County Heritage Festival's Second Annual Fiddle Contest on Saturday, October 5, 2019. Amateur fiddlers took the stage and performed their best renditions of some fiddle favorites. While the judges were wrestling with very difficult decisions, all of the fiddle participants and several of the guitar, string bass, and mandolin players leaped to the stage to entertain the crowd with an impromptu performance of several popular fiddle tunes.

2019 Heritage Festival Quilt Show Winners

Picture of a memory quilt with hearts, initials, and other icons to remember family members

The Union County Historical Society sponsored the Heritage Festival Quilt Show at the Union County Museum & Genealogical Library. More than thirty quilts lined the museum balcony. Ellen Perry and Patricia Campbell coordinated the event.

Connie Johnsey won Best of Show for her quilt entitled “Harvest Spice”. Best Heritage Quilt was Kim Beeler's “Diary Quilt” that reflected memories of loved ones that "walk beside us every day".

Other awards included the following:

Rubbing Your Belly and Tapping Your Feet

My thoughts were of “Sleeping Beauty” and “Rumpelstiltskin” as Tim I walked down the line of vendors at the Union County Farmer’s Market. We were searching for the lady with a spinning wheel since I was to conduct an interview with her.

“There she is!” Tim pointed, but I still couldn’t see a spinning wheel anywhere; in fact, I didn’t notice it until we reached her tent. You see, I had assumed all spinning wheels were made like the ones mentioned in old fairy tales. I had assumed wrong.

Historic Road Signs

Since it is my birthday, I decided to write about my birthplace and the historic sign at its site: the old Ailor Mill on Route 144, Ailor Gap Road. Of course, this is not really my birthplace, but as a four-year-old I did believe my father when he said that it was. My real birthplace was in a 1958 Chevrolet in Claiborne County, but that's another story. It may not have been that mill on that site, but simply a barn constructed there after the old mill was torn down. Regardless, I believed it to be true and now a historic marker commemorates the site.

Can backpacks really cause long-term problems?

More than 14,000 children are treated for backpack-related injuries each year, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Can these childhood injuries result in long-term back problems or chronic pain?

By the age of 14, seven percent of children report that back pain affects their everyday life. The lumbar (lower) spine is vulnerable to injury when children carry heavy loads. Such injuries may also lead to early degenerative changes in the lower spine.

And it’s not just the weight you carry in your backpack, but how you carry it.

Cadillac Style

On Sunday morning, I get up and get ready for church. I have gathered all the materials I will need for the day on the Saturday night prior—clothes, Sunday school booklet, Bible and commentaries. This way, I don’t have to rush to get things done and can sleep a little later than would otherwise be possible. All I have to do is get up, shower, shave, put on my clothes, and grab my Sunday school bag before heading out the door.

Local Rivers Were Early Interstates

Back in the early and mid-1800s the industrial age and a growing population created a demand for raw materials to make products, especially from wood and metals such as iron and lead. Our area had metal ore deposits to produce pig iron in locally owned furnaces fueled by charcoal and coke. Pig iron needed to be shipped to big cities like Chattanooga where it was refined and made into metal products such as tools and farm implements.


The Endangered Small Country School--Birchwood Elementary

Birchwood Elementary School, picture courtesy of Shannon Wright (because I can't locate mine!)

The year 2005 was momentous for me. I had been looking for work in an ever widening circle from Athens. I had interviewed in Monroe, Loudon, Bradley, McMinn, and sent applications to every school district that I could drive to in 45 minutes.

Finally in August, I sent applications to Knox and Hamilton counties, even as I cringed at the commute time it would be to any school in those counties. Two weeks after I had sent those applications, I received a phone call from the principal of an elementary school at the northern tip of Hamilton County.


When I was a kid, the fall of the year was butchering time. Dad usually had a castrated boar that he had fattened up for the kill. I never understood why a farmer would fatten up a pig. You can only use so much lard. Anyway, I have a question for you. Have you ever made scrapple? I remember when the pig's head would be cooked and all the meat carefully cut or pulled away from the bone. Sounds gross, doesn't it? Head cheese is good but it is a bit different from my recipe for scrapple. Do you have some pork sausage languishing in your freezer? Here's a use for it.



Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 17:00

Alder Springs Baptist Church will be having a community wide fall cook-out Saturday, October 26th from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at the church. Come join us for food, fellowship, fun and of course candy!

Kenneth “Dink” Brown Benefit

Saturday, November 2, 2019 - 16:00
Kenneth “Dink” Brown Family

Kenneth “Dink” Brown Benefit Saturday, November 2nd 4pm - 8pm

Kenneth “Dink” Brown of Luttrell received a kidney transplant on September 17, 2019. This benefit is to help them with medical expenses and household bills. He will not be able to work for around 3 months. 100% of the proceeds go directly to The Brown Family.

Union County Opry

Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 19:00

Balsam Range Saturday, November 16th Doors open at 6pm The show starts at 7pm

Bluegrass music's reigning Entertainers of the Year: Balsam Range are coming to Maynardville on Saturday, November 16th!

Union County Board Of Education

Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 18:00

The next regular workshop and meeting of the Union County Board of Education will be held at Union County High School on Thursday, September 12, 2019. The workshop will begin at 6:00 p.m. with the meeting immediately to follow.

Extension of Dr. James E. Carter's contract as Director of the Union County Public Schools will be discussed and considered for approval at this meeting.

UCBPA Meeting

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - 12:00

UCBPA meets the second Tuesday of each month for approximately one hour. Membership is $25 annually. The meeting begins at noon at Hardee's in Maynardville. Anyone interested in making Union County a better place to live, work, worship, or play may attend.


Inez Evon Shelton

Inez Evon Shelton-age 93 of Washburn passed away Monday afternoon, October 21, 2019 at her home. She was a member of Mt. Eager Baptist Church since she was 9 years old. She received her Masters Degree of Science from the University of Tennessee and taught school in the Grainger County School System for 41 years. She was preceded in death by grandparents, Paris and Lucinda (Williams) Hamilton, Samuel and Nora (Nicely) Shelton; parents, Rev.

Charles Franklin Kerekes

Charles Kerekes-age 62 of Knoxville passed away Saturday afternoon October 19, 2019 at the home of his daughter. He was a loving father and grandfather. He worked at Dalton Foundry in Kendallville, Indiana for 30 years. Preceded in death by his wife, Marlene Kerekes; parents, John Kerekes and Mary Toth; brother, Andrew Kerekes, sister, Wanda Kay Kerekes Potter.

Survivors are daughter, Sarah Campos, grandchildren, Aryana and Jaydon Campos, brother, James Kerekes and several nephews.

Sierra Huiting

Sierra “Iver” Huiting – age 22 of Andersonville, passed away peacefully on October 18, 2019. She was a member of Byrams Fork Baptist Church. Sierra loved her pet frogs and fish, nature, art, Chick-fil-A; and her online friends.

Wayne Eugene Adams

Wayne Eugene Adams, age 75 of Knoxville, TN went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, October 18, 2019, at home surrounded by his loving wife and family. He had suffered with numerous health issues through the years.

Brenda Oleda "Williams" Hutson

Brenda Oleda “Williams” Hutson-age 72 of Luttrell joined the Heavenly Choir Wednesday evening, October 16, 2019 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was a lifelong member of Mountain View Church of God of the Union Assembly. Retired employee of Atlantic Research Corporation, Knoxville. Preceded in death by great-granddaughter, Isabella Grace Nicely; parents, James A. and Pearlie Williams; brother, Doffise Williams; sister, Lela Williams.

Melba Jennilee Brewer Kitts

Melba Jennilee Brewer Kitts-age 86 of Knoxville went home to join her family circle unbroken. The angels set her spirit free peacefully Tuesday evening, October 15, 2019 at her home with her family by her side. She was a member of Dante Church of God. She loved to sing and spread the word of God. Devoted caretaker to many family and friends. Her legacy will continue through her children and those she influenced by interaction of her faith in Jesus Christ. At last she is Home where there is: “Peace in The Valley”.

Rickey Eugene Ray

Rickey Eugene Ray-age 60 of Luttrell passed away Sunday morning, October 13, 2019 at the home of his sister. Preceded in death by wife, Tammy Nicely Ray; parents, Harvey and Minnie Ray; brothers, R. H. Ray, Jr.; Silas Walter Sweat; sister, Kathy Kay Bell.

Barbara Booker

Barbara Christine (Warwick) Booker – age 83 of Luttrell, was born August 8, 1936 and passed away October 12, 2019. She was a member of Fairview Baptist Church in Tater Valley.

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