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Ten good reasons to attend the Surgoinsville Riverfront Festival

Jeff Bobo • Updated Sep 28, 2017 at 1:36 PM

SURGOINSVILLE — Free food, free music and free prizes.

Those are just three good reasons to attend the annual Surgoinsville Riverfront Festival Friday and Saturday, which was rescheduled from its original Labor Day weekend schedule due to impending rain.

The block party begins Friday at 4 p.m. at Riverfront Park, and the festival ends Saturday at 9:30 p.m. with a fireworks display. In between there’s a lot of food, music and family fun on the itinerary. 

Here are 10 good reasons to add the event to your weekend plans.

1. The Riverfront Festival Parade will be at 6 p.m. and will feature nationally renowned Surgoinsville race engine builder Mike Allen as grand marshal. The parade starts at the city maintenance building on Old Stage Road, and participants are asked to be lined up by around 5:30 p.m. Cruise-in participants are encouraged to participate in the parade as well.

2. Free food. Immediately following the parade, the Dairy Mart will give away hot dogs, chips and drinks during the block party at Riverfront Park. Mayor Merrell Graham, who owns the Dairy Mar,t said it’s all you can eat. Last year the restaurant gave away more than 1,200 hot dogs. Pastor Tecky Hicks from the Surgoinsville First Baptist Church said the food at their tent Saturday will be free as well.

3. Live music. During the Friday block party, performers will include Fran Howard at 4 p.m.; Brian Burchfield at 6:30 p.m.; and John Brown and Wild Honey Bears at 8 p.m. Although the festival opens at noon Saturday, live music begins at 1 p.m. with Fran Howard; followed by the Sapling Grove Band at 4:30 p.m.; Danny Whited & Friends of Bluegrass at 5:30 p.m.; Tennessee Skyline at 5:30 p.m.; and the Lorne Jones Band at 8 p.m. At the conclusion of the last concert, there will be fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

4. Wrestling at the Riverfront. Southern States Wrestling will hold matches free to the public during Friday’s block party with bell time at 7 p.m. Matches will feature the legendary Don Wright, Beau and Misty James, the Deathriders, Krunch, Chic, J.D. Hogg and others.

5. Inflatables and games for the kids. There will be lots of things to keep the kids busy as well as train rides on Friday and hayrides on Saturday.

6. A cruise-in Friday beginning at 4 p.m., as well as a classic car and tractor show throughout the day Saturday.

7. The highly competitive horseshoe tournament which starts at 11 a.m., so anyone interested in that competition is asked to arrive in time to be registered before the competition begins.

8. Door prizes throughout Friday and Saturday including numerous bicycles provided by the Festival Committee, FBC and Pizza Plus, as well as several hams and a DVD grand prize package of eight new release movies contributed by Cliffhanger Video.

9. At 3 p.m. Saturday there will be a ceremony honoring Mike Allen as grand marshal, followed by a flag retirement ceremony at 3:30 p.m. featuring local Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts. If anyone has a flag in need of retirement, they can bring it to the festival Saturday, and veterans are encouraged to participate in the ceremony as well.

10. Near perfect weather for enjoying a festival in the forecast. Friday calls for clear skies and a high of 75, while Saturday calls for clear skies and a high of 75.                              

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