The 40th annual Rogersville Heritage Days kicks off on Friday with a children's costume parade, a chili cook-off, and a massive Cruise-In with live music and food.
Then, on Saturday the main Heritage Days activities will begin as scores of arts and crafts booths line the downtown streets, accompanied by live music and dance, historic and artistic exhibitions, food and lots of fun things for kids to do.
To get folks in the mood for what's to come, Rogersville Heritage Association director Melissa Nelson and a small army of volunteers spent Sunday decorating three of the four corners of Courthouse Square at the intersection of Main Street and Depot Street.
The fourth corner in front of the courthouse was supposed to be decorated on Monday, but a rain delay postponed completion.
Nelson told the Times News on Monday she hopes to have the four corners completed sometime Tuesday.
“Since it's our 40th Heritage Days, we're focused on 40 years of history, and we're covering commerce, agriculture, music and government,” Nelson said.
The display at the northeast corner of the square in front of Occasions on the Square is dedicated to “Commerce” and has an old-time horse-drawn buggy decorated with flowers, gourds and other seasonal accoutrements.
Across Depot Street in front of the Masonic Temple is the “Music” display, where they have some hay bales and guitars, jugs and washboards. There will be other decorations placed out there closer to the beginning of Heritage Days so they don't disappear.
The only display that hadn't been started as of Monday was in front of the courthouse. It will be dedicated to “Government” and feature a scarecrow mayor and judges performing their official duties.
The “Agriculture” display on the corner beside the Hale Springs Inn was only half completed as of Monday. It was still waiting for some tobacco plants, as well as a scarecrow farmer — and possibly his scarecrow wife and kids.
Rogersville horticulturist Sandy Robillard was doing her part on Monday to spruce up the downtown flower beds and make sure everything is pretty for this coming weekend.
Heritage Days is the biggest tourism event of the year for Rogersville, bringing tens of thousands of people downtown.
Here's the full calendar of events for the 2019 Heritage Days:
Friday, Oct. 11
3-6 p.m.: The Great Chili Cook-off, Hale Springs Inn courtyard.
5 p.m.: Heritage Days Children’s Parade — Main Street “Celebrating 40 years of History” (registration at 4:15 p.m.)
5-6 p.m.: Live Music at the Inn.
6 p.m.: Cruise-In on the Square.
6-9 p.m.: Ivy Road to perform on the Main Stage beside Hale Springs Inn.
10 a.m.: Opening ceremony, drum corps, national anthem and invocation
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.: Craft Booths, Food Court, Demonstrators Yard, and Young’Uns Yard, Quilt Show, Antique Farm Equipment Show, Mixed Media Art Show, Dance Stage, and Music on the Main Stage.
Noon: Antique Tractor Parade
9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.: Civl War demonstrations at Crockett Spring Park on South Rogers Street.
Sunday, Oct. 13
Noon - 6 p.m.: Craft Booths, Food Court, Demonstrators Yard, and Young’Uns Yard, Quilt Show, Antique Farm Equipment Show, Mixed Media Art Show, Dance Stage, and Music on the Main Stage.
2 p.m.: Antique Tractor Parade.