Lyons (1892-1966) was a physician in Surgoinsville, who aside from delivering most babies in town for 51 years, was also instrumental in the creation of the Medical Board that funded several of the town’s building projects including City Hall.
Breakfast was the Doc’s favorite meal, and as usual this year’s annual Doc Lyons festival kicks off Saturday morning with a hearty breakfast at Bellamy Hardware on Main Street.
The traditional country breakfast begins at 9 a.m. and is $6 per plate, with profits to benefit the Riverfront Festival in September.
After breakfast, sportsmen can make their way over to the Riverfront Park for the daylong horseshoe tournament. Registration begins around 10 a.m. and the tournament starts at 10:30 a.m.
The Doc Lyons Festival kicks off at 4 p.m. with a parade through downtown.
The festival itself will be at Riverfront Park and includes a tractor show, live music by Tennessee Skyline and Fran Howard, door prizes, children’s games and attractions, and food vendors.
Surgoinsville Vice Mayor Merrill Graham, who is also the Riverfront Festival chairman, said there will also be a short ceremony during which folks who knew Doc Lyons or have special memories of him will have an opportunity to speak.
Graham noted, however, that everyone is welcome, and even if you didn’t know Doc Lyons, the festival will be a fun family event for everyone to enjoy.