Pound, Va. native Kaitlyn Baker will headline Saturday's Mount Carmel Block Party before heading to Georgia in July to open for Travis Tritt. (contributed photo)
ROGERSVILLE — It's festival time in Hawkins County with seven events planned in eight days beginning Saturday with Mount Carmel's annual Block Party and the Surgoinsville Fireman's Ice Cream Supper.
And then next week in Rogersville it's "Fourth of July" week with events scheduled each day July 2-5, and concluding on Saturday, July 5 with the day-long Fourth of July Celebration at the City Park
- Surgoinsville's Firemen's Ice Cream Supper begins at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Riverfront Park with live music, hot dogs, hamburgers, nachos, funnel cakes and, of course, ice cream. There will be blow up climbing toys and train rides for children.
Firemen, fire trucks and firefighting equipment will also be on display, and festival chairman Merrell Graham said the event will conclude with a "spectacular" fireworks display at 9:30 p.m.
There will also be a horse shoe tournament which will begin earlier at 2 p.m., and a tractor show.
Surgoinsville's champion disc golfer Anna Earley, who is currently among the nation's top players in her age group, will offer throwing demonstrations before she heads to the PDGA Amateur & Junior Disc Golf World Championships.
The musical line-up includes keyboard artist Fran Howard who will be singing country and gospel music, as well as the Randal Bellamy Band, J. R. Gibson and the Blue Ridge Ramblers, and Randal's House Band.
Graham suggests everyone bring a lawn chair "have a relaxed evening with all our festivities and fireworks. And, you will have an opportunity to say 'thank you' to our firemen.
- Mount Carmel's annual Block Party is scheduled for Saturday beginning at 6 p.m., and concluding with fireworks which are scheduled to start around 10 p.m.
Main Street will be blocked off from the Hammond Avenue intersection west to the old Food City parking lot. The Block Party will feature many of its traditional favorites including professional live musical performers, as well as some of the bravest people in Hawkins County singing kareoke.
There's a full card of professional wrestling ,as well as an assortment of children's games and activities.
This year's Block Party headliner is one of country music's top young singer/songwriters Kaitlyn Baker from Pound, Va.
It will be a busy summer for Baker. After performing in Mount Carmel she will be opening for Travis Tritt in July, and then headlining the Hillbilly Woodstock Festival in Maggie Valley in August. Her new song "Burn" which as inspired by events from her childhood in Pound has just been released on iTunes.
Limited parking is available downtown for the Block Party, but ample parking is available at the Oak Grove Baptist Church on Independence Avenue where a shuttle will carry people back and forth to the festival.
- Rogersville's annual Fourth of July week of events begins Tuesday, July 1 with the "1st Tuesday Art Opening" at the Hale Springs Inn. A local artist will be featured along with free hors d'ouvres. The full menu will also be available for guests to choose to stay for supper.
- On Wednesday, July 2 local Christian organization "Expecting God's Help" is hosting a community wide "Patriotic Prayer Service" to honor God, honor veterans, and honor our active troops. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at Courthouse Square with music, prayer, patriotic salutes, and recognition of veterans throughout the evening. In case of rain, the First Baptist Church auditorium on Washington Street will be utilized.
- On Thursday July 3 beginning at 8:45 p.m. the Rogersville Cinema 4 theater on E. Main Street in the Food City Shopping Center will have a free showing of the movie "Independence Day" in the parking lot next to the theater. The event will be a fund raiser for the theater as it attempts to complete the switch-over to digital projectors.
- On Friday July 4 the annual Rogersville 4th of July Celebration parade will take place through historic downtown Rogersville starting at 4 p.m.
The parade will start near the East Rogersville Baptist Church and proceed west along Main Street. For more information on the parade, contact Melissa Nelson at 423-293-4272.
A classic car "Cruise In" will follow the parade and will feature live music, food and other family activities on Main Street in downtown Rogersville.
- Rogersville's week of celebration concludes Saturday, July 5, with the day long Fourth of July Celebration at the Rogersville City Park located off of Park Boulevard.
The day of events begins at 7 a.m. with the Mark Skelton Law Series of Racing "Firecracker 4 Miler" — which is the Tennessee State Four Mile Championship Race this year.
At 9 a.m. the Firecracker 3-on-3 basketball tourney begins on the City Park Courts.
Live music begins in the park at 1 p.m. and continues all day.
This year's headliners include Contemporary Christian artist Matthew West who begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by country star Dustin Lynch at 8:30 p.m.
The city pool is open all day for free beginning at 1 p.m., and there will also be a variety of "Kids Zone" inflatable attractions.
All attractions and entertainment for the day are free to the public.
Following Dustin Lynch's performance the event will conclude with what is described as "the largest musically synchronized fireworks shows in the Southeast.
For more information about any of the week-long events in Rogersville go to www.rogersville4thofjuly.com.