SURGOINSVILLE — A festival scheduled for Saturday at Surgoinsville’s Riverfront Park will unite two traditional small town events.
Surgoinsville’s “Old Fashioned Firemen’s Ice Cream Supper” will feature food, live music, children’s attractions and an ample supply of ice cream.
New to the annual event this year, however, is a farmers market, which will be held at the Riverfront Park during the Ice Cream Supper.
Surgoinsville Vice Mayor Merrell Graham is also chairman of the Riverfront Festival Committee, which organizes a series of events throughout the year leading up to the main Riverfront Festival in September.
Graham told the Times-News Tuesday that during Saturday’s festival, a big portion of the Riverfront Park was going to be unused.
“I had people telling me the vegetables were in, and did I want to buy this or that — and I thought why not have a sale in the park where people can bring their produce and sell it?” said Graham. “Whether they’ve got a big farm or just a small garden, if they want to set up at the park Saturday and sell for free, they can. If they need a table or tent, they need to bring their own, and if they want to sell out of the back of a pickup that’s fine too.”
Graham added, “Firemen’s Ice Cream Suppers were such a big thing years ago, and the firemen and their wives and families were all involved. It was a tradition everyone looked forward to. And the same goes for farmers markets. Both were a big part of small town life years ago, and I’d like to see those traditions revived and live on.”
The live music will include performances by Tennessee Skyliners and pianist Fran Howard.
Food for sale will include regular picnic fare including hamburgers, hot dogs, corn dogs and funnel cakes, as well as several flavors of ice cream.
Pizza Plus will also be furnishing free pizza by the slice.
There will be inflatable attractions for children, as well as a train ride.
The event begins at 4 p.m. and concludes following fireworks, which begin at 9 p.m.
Graham said free tickets will be handed out to everyone for door prize drawings throughout the event. Members of the Surgoinsville Board of Mayor and Aldermen each chipped in for the grand prize, which will be $100.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Surgoinsville Volunteer Fire Department and the Surgoinsville Riverfront Festival.