Heritage Days kick off with a rumbling Friday night as hot rods flood downtown Rogersville for the Friday cruise, followed by two more days of arts and crafts, shows and great food.
Heritage Days begins Friday at 5:30 p.m. with the children’s costume contest and parade, sponsored by the Hawkins County Chamber of Commerce.
This year’s theme is Health Heroes Through the Ages. Registration for the children’s parade begins at 4:15 p.m. in the parking lot of the First Baptist Church.
The great chili cuisine
The Great Chili Cook-off, which takes place Fridays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the courtyard of the Hale Springs Inn, has always been a crowd pleaser.
Sponsored by First Community Bank, the event features 10 teams competing for numerous titles, including People’s Choice.
Chili samples will begin at 5 p.m. inside the courtyard of the Hale Springs Inn. Enjoy the performances of Jeff Orr.
Mixed art and photography show
This year, the Appalachian Community Federal Credit Union will sponsor the Mixed Media Art and Photography Show. The mixed media art and photography fair offers categories for children, youth, adults and veterans.
Seven art categories will be judged including paintings, drawings, sculptures, needlework, glass, fabrics, fibers, textiles, wood, photographs, enhanced photographs and other works. three-dimensional art.
The art exhibit will be on display inside the local artist gallery on Main Street.
The art exhibit is not limited to Rogersville / Hawkins County attendees only. Registration forms for the mixed art and photography exhibition are available at the following locations: RHA Depot Museum and online at www.rogersvilleheritage.org
The Quilt Show is back
Quilting has been a long-standing way of life for centuries. Some things have faded over the years, but the art of quilting is alive and well in Rogersville, Tennessee.
Forms can be picked up at 415 South Depot, Rogersville, TN. or online at
The Quilt Show is sponsored by Hawkins County Gas.
Other Friday evening events
The Heritage Days food court on South Depot Street opens at 5 p.m. and features a variety of street food vendors for great festival fare or local downtown restaurants until late in the morning. evening.
Rogersville Main Street and Random Rods Car Club will host the last cruise of the season with a parade of over 100 vintage cars (pre-1980 only) from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Visit the Rogersville Main Street booth to vote for “People’s Choice,” to hand out at the end of the evening.
Enjoy the music of Night Moves on the Main Stage in Town Square from 6 p.m.
The main event starts on Saturday
On Saturday October 9, the opening ceremony of the festival, sponsored by U Save, will begin at 10 a.m. on the lawn of the courthouse. Uniformed representatives of the Sons of the American Revolution, accompanied by the Cherokee Chorale, will conduct a flag ceremony followed by the chanting of the national anthem and the invocation by Sheldon Livesay of Of One Accord Ministries.
The festival opens immediately after the ceremony with demonstrator hosts showcasing heritage skills in the demonstrator yard, including a living history exhibit, blacksmiths, a chicken scratching demonstration, a copper building, a apple butter mix on the spot and many more.
Demonstrator’s Yard sponsored by Holston Electric. The Davis Grist Mill and Antique Farm exhibit will be on display on South Depot Street, and craft stalls will line up four blocks of Main and Church streets.
The agency Yates, Camille Carpenter, Young’uns Yard will offer old-fashioned games, inflatables, balloon art, the heritage train and face painting.
The dance stage and main stage in the square will offer a variety of exciting new bands and repeat favorites, providing non-stop entertainment throughout the festival.
Heritage Days’ is delighted to welcome returning Civil War reenactors from the 12th Tennessee Cavalry Battalion Company. Company B will set up a camp on Friday evening.
Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., they will perform war skirmishes, cavalry and artillery demonstrations, saber drills and training maneuvers at Crockett SpringsPark, located on South Rogers Street.
Guests are kindly requested to bring folding chairs to this and all other outdoor exhibitions and shows.
Visit the food court for a variety of street food or visit downtown restaurants for your dining pleasure. The beautiful Hale Springs Inn, circa 1824, is home to the McKinney Tavern for lunch, dinner, or drinks. During your visit, take a tour of the historic inn.
The 2020 Heritage Days program
6:00 p.m. – Cruise Inn in the square. Cruise through the historic district.
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Night Moves will be performing on the Main Stage next to the Hale Spring Inn.
10 a.m. – Opening Ceremony – Tennessee Sons of the American Revolution Color Guard, CHS Drum Corps, National Anthem and Summons
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. – Craft stands, food court, demonstrator yard and youth yard, exhibition of old agricultural equipment, multimedia art exhibition, dance and music stage on the main stage.
12h00 – Parade of old tractors
9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Performance of the 12th Tennessee Cavalry Battalion at Crockett Spring Park.
Sunday 10 October
12 p.m. to 6 p.m. – Craft stalls, food court, demonstrator yard and Young’Uns yard, antique farm equipment exhibit, multimedia art exhibit, dance and music stage on the main stage.
2:00 p.m. – Parade of old tractors
We encourage everyone to wear a mask and practice social distancing.
Big presenters for this year’s celebration include TVA-John Sevier, Ballad Health, Rogersville Review, the City of Rogersville, and the Tennessee Arts Commission. Please stop by the presenter booths on Main Street to view the information displays and say thank you to these contributors.