Rogersville Heritage Days all about tradition, friendly competition

Jeff Bobo • Sep 26, 2019 at 2:14 PM

ROGERSVILLE – It will be a couple more weeks before Rogersville begins blocking off Main Street for its 40th annual Heritage Days celebration, but participants in the quilt, mixed art, scarecrow and chili cookoff contests need to be getting their applications in now.

Heritage Days always kicks off the second Friday in October (this coming Oct. 11) with an afternoon of activities beginning with The Great Chili Cookoff, followed by the Children's Parade, and Rogersville's biggest Cruise-In of the year featuring a classic car parade, live music and plenty of good food.

After Friday’s preliminaries the actual Rogersville Heritage Days begins downtown on Saturday, Oct. 12, at 10 a.m. and continues until 6 p.m. with a wide array of arts and crafts, historic demonstrations, food, live music, and children's games and activities.

Festivities begin again on Sunday, Oct. 13, at noon, with the festival closing at 6 p.m.

Heritage Days is all about tradition, and a big part of that tradition is a variety of friendly competitions.

Mixed Media Regional Art Show

The Heritage Days Mixed Media Regional Art Show is accepting free entries in the form of painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, needlework, fiber art, glass and three dimensional art.

Everyone is permitted to enter up to three pieces of art, which must be submitted ready to hang with hanging device attached. Entries will be displayed at the Local Artist Gallery on Main Street in downtown Rogersville during the festival and can be brought to the LAG during business hours Oct. 9-10.

Ribbons will be awarded in each category, and a $100 cash prize will be awarded to the best in show.

Scarecrow Decorating Contest

New this year, the Rogersville Heritage Association is partnering with The Loft and Givens Nelson Realty to bring the 2019 Scarecrow Decorating Contest to the streets of historic downtown Rogersville.

Scarecrows must be delivered and placed on display at “Pumpkin Alley” (between the Masonic Temple and US Bank) on Oct. 9 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

For more information, or to register for the Scarecrow Contest, email Melissa Nelson at director@rogersvilleheritage.org

Entry forms will be available at Givens Nelson Realty and the Rogersville Heritage Association beginning on Sept. 25 and must be returned by Oct. 5.

This contest is free and open to all nonprofit groups, including schools, service and community groups, and youth organizations, as well as individuals.

Scarecrows may be traditional, whimsical, humorous, mischievous, fantasy, celebrity or loveable. Bloody or violent themes will not be allowed, nor advertising, political or religious statements. Entrants are reminded that this is a family event and that the RHA reserves the right to deny any entry.

The Great Chili Cookoff

The First Community Bank Great Chili Cookoff begins on Friday, Oct. 11, at 3 p.m. in the Hale Springs Inn courtyard, although teams can arrive and begin prep work at 2:30 p.m.

The entry fee is $20 and teams are limited to four people including chief chef. Teams should prepare two gallons of chili using USDA approved meats only. Sample bowls and spoons will be sold to the public for $5, and judging begins at 5 p.m.

Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place as well as People's Choice. For more information, contact Anthony Elmore at (423) 235-8721 or Nelson at (423) 272-1961.

Heritage Days Quilt Show

This year's Heritage Days Quilt Contest will be held inside the Hawkins County Courthouse and quilts can be entered in three categories: Bed Quilts; Wall Hangings; and Other Techniques (i.e. miniatures, totes, purses, pillows, book covers and clothing).

Quilts must be delivered to the RHA offices in the Depot, 415 S. Depot St., Rogersville, on Monday, Oct. 7, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Mail or telephone entries must be received by Thursday, Oct. 3, at 3 p.m.

Entry forms can be mailed to: RHA Quilt Show, 415 S. Depot St., Rogersville, TN. 37857. For more information, call Tillie Richardson at (423) 923-3636; or Cheryl Battaglia at (281) 782-0802; or email battshott@aol.com

Children's Parade

Registration for the annual Children’s Costume Contest is Friday, Oct. 11, at 4:15 p.m. in the parking lot of the First Baptist Church with judging at 5 p.m., and the Children’s Parade at 5:30 p.m.

This year's theme is Celebrating 40 years of History. For more information about the parade, contact the Rogersville Chamber of Commerce at (423) 272-2186.

What else is going on?

The opening ceremony begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12, on the lawn of the Hawkins County Courthouse with uniformed representatives of the Sons of the American Revolution accompanied by the Cherokee High School Drum Line performing a flag ceremony, followed by the singing of the national anthem, and invocation by Rev. Sheldon Livesay.

Aside from the numerous arts and crafts booths and dining options, visitors can enjoy the Davis Grist Mill and Antique Farm Exhibit; Young-ins Yard old-fashioned games, bouncy attractions, balloon art, train rides and face painting; the Dance Stage featuring the nationally acclaimed Tennessee Hoedowners; the Main Stage with live music throughout Saturday and Sunday; and a Civil War camp and re-enactments at Crockett Creek Park.

The antique tractor parade is set for noon on Saturday, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

For contest entry forms and more information, visit the RHA website at www.rogersvilleheritage.com .