Oct. 11, 2012. This coming weekend is the 21st annual Cranberry Festival in beautiful Shady Valley, Tenn. Come visit on what is looking like a perfect weekend with peak fall colors, lots of sunshine and cooler temperatures. From five to seven o’clock will be the annual Bean Supper.
Registration for the auction can begin upon your arrival with the silent auction beginning with the Bean Supper and ending at 9 p.m. The main auction will begin at seven and go until all items are sold. The school community wants to publicly thank the many contributors to our auction and festival event. It is only with this kind of support we have had twenty one successful occasions to come together and celebrate this unique school and valley.
On Saturday morning be sure to visit the Shady Valley Fire Department and take part in their Pancake and Sausage Breakfast. They will serve from seven to nine that morning, just right for the start of the Festival Parade beginning at 10 a.m. The parade will have the JCHS marching band, several very colorful floats competing for prize money, antique cars, horses and lots of specialty entries. The theme of this year’s festival is to recognize and honor the veterans of Vietnam. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the beginning of that conflict and you will see many of those who served on the Grand Marshall’s Float along with names of those from the valley who served and one who lost his life in that conflict. Opening ceremonies will be at the Patton Pavilton at eleven o’clock with the Shady Student Singers, the high school band some local and state dignitaries. Following these opening ceremonies the Patton Pavilion will be filled with a variety of performing groups there to entertain for most of the day. There will be between 30 to 40 crafters and vendors with a wide array of offerings many and will be hand/home made dight here in the valley.
This year’s festival will have Star the Clown returning as well as performing groups which have become annual attractions. New this year will be a family photographer; there is a sign-up sheet at the school, a community Yard Sale and new demonstrations. The Youth Block Party will be held from noon until two in the lower wing of the school and remember the concession stand is open. The JCHS Band will be serving child size offerings.
Make plans t come out and be a part of the “Best Little Festival in Tennessee.”