Four-legged scofflaws enjoy Rogersville Heritage Days despite pet ban

Jeff Bobo • Oct 13, 2018 at 5:30 PM

ROGERSVILLE — A few years back, the city passed an ordinance banning dogs and other pets from downtown Main Street during festivals, but Rogersville became an amnesty city for pooches Saturday with a large number of furry friends taking in the festivities.

Day two of Rogersville’s Heritage Days kicked off Saturday with a variety of activities including live music and dance, food, arts and crafts and historic demonstrations.

As for the illegal pooches, some rode in wagons, some rode in baby carriages, some were carried, and some were walked on a leash, plopping down in the shade for a rest whenever possible. 

The Rogersville Police Department’s Doug Nelson said Heritage Days organizers apparently forgot to put notice of the pet ban on the Heritage Days website, nor were the signs posted on Main Street.

Nelson said there was a steady stream of dogs entering the festival almost as soon as it began Saturday morning, and the city made the decision to give pets a pass this year, assuming that the animals and their owners are well-behaved, because proper notice hadn’t been given.

Heritage Days kicks back into gear Sunday at noon with a day of Gospel music on the main stage. Dancing begins at 1 p.m. on the dance stage.

Heritage Days Sunday Schedule

12:00 p.m. – 6 p.m. — Craft booths, food court, Demonstrators Yard, Young’uns Yard, Quilt Show, Antique Farm Equipment Show, Mixed Media Art Show, Dance Stage, and Music on the Main Stage

12 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. — Mary’s Spirit and Fine Wines moonshine tasting at 212 Washington St.

2 p.m. — Antique Tractor Parade

2 p.m. — Historical Fashion Show, Hale Springs Inn Courtyard, sponsored by Hawkins County 4-H Sewing Club