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Edgar Evins State Park Harvest Craft Festival

Edgar Evins State Park will host a Harvest Craft Festival on Saturday, October 15th and Sunday, October 16th 2022 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission is free. There will be crafters, artisans, kids activities and food vendors.

Enjoy a fun day at the State Park and get some Christmas shopping done early.

Auction and Fish Fry to benefit Smith County foster children set for October 15, 2022

On Saturday, October 15, 2022, a Fish Fry and Benefit Auction to benefit foster children in Smith County will be held at the Smith County Ag Center. The Fish Fry will begin at 4:00 p.m. and the Benefit Auction will start promptly at 5:00 p.m.

Items for the auction include tools, home decor, canned food, gift certificates, and much more. Food will be provided from Helen’s Restaurant including fried fish and chicken along with all of the fixings. 

Currently there are over 50 Smith County children in the foster care system. To learn more about becoming a foster home, click here.

All proceeds from the event will benefit foster children in Smith County during the upcoming Christmas season and throughout the year as needs arise.

Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance at the following businesses:

  • Citizens Bank – John Foster
  • Smith County Bank – Cindy Hawkins, Pat Nixon
  • BankTennessee – Michael Nesbitt
  • Wilson Bank & Trust – Laura Piper

Tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for children. 

Gold Wing and Gun Raffle at Annual Izzy Cruise-In and Scott Allmon Memorial Run this weekend

The 1991 Honda Goldwing pictured above and Winchester SXP gauge pump action shotgun will be items featured in the raffle at the upcoming annual events sponsored by the Justified Riding Club and Caney Fork ABATE this weekend.

You can join the fun and purchase a chance to win at the 9th Annual Izzy Cruise-In on Saturday, October 1st. The drawing will take place at the end of the 8th Scott Allmon Memorial Ride. You do not have to be present to win. Tickets for the raffles will be available at the Izzy event and Memorial Ride. For more information about these upcoming events check out the earlier post on the Smith County Insider.

Smith County Band Boosters host a car, truck and motorcycle show

Smith County Band Boosters will host a car, truck and motorcycle show Saturday, October 8, 2022 at the Smith County Middle School. Donations will be accepted for general admissions.

Registration for the car, truck and motorcycle show the day of the event will be at 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. The cost is $25 for cars and trucks and $15 for motorcycle entries. Awards will be given at 3:30 p.m.

There will be food vendors and performances by the Smith County High School Jazz band and more. All proceeds will benefit the Smith County Middles School and High School Bands.

Gordonsville Church Of the Naz Youth Fest

Gordonsville Church Of The Nazarene is hosting their first annual youth fest on Saturday, October 8th at 5:00 pm! Youth groups/teenage kids, wear your neon (glow fest), and come ready for a night full of giveaways, food, guest speakers, music and a lot of fun! 

The event will be held at 168 E Main Street Gordonsville, TN 38563. You can register for the event at the Gordonsville Nazarene Youth Fest 2022 eventbrite link

Jay Farrell exhibit at the Carthage Junction Depot Oct. 1st

The Carthage Junction Depot is pleased to exhibit the works of photographers and author, Jay Farrell. His recent book series captures the beauty of abandoned places across several states. Asked to describe his work, Farrell replied, “If I were asked to choose one single thing that fascinates me most about exploring the abandoned and forgotten places on our green earth, it would be impossible. Only the vision of an artist can bring to life the beauty in a distressed, blighted building seen merely as an eyesore by most of the public. Part of that beauty is the texture mixed with aged paint, rusted steel, and fragments of the past left behind. That character mixed with the right light, shadow, and composition brings that vision to life. 

The thrill of the hunt; finding these abandoned and forgotten treasures, and the experience of exploring them inside and out is another aspect of my passion. The sound of dormant brush, broken glass, creaking boards under my feet as I navigate my way through invigorates the audible part of my senses. Looking for the best photo opportunities, while simultaneously envisioning the building’s past life, and those who left it behind inspires my visual and creative senses. 

For the better part of two decades, I have explored many abandoned houses in the backwoods, factories in former industrial areas, and many more forgotten varieties of structure. Originally, I was most intrigued by the blight, texture, and the sheer desolation that only someplace abandoned could offer. I frequently brought models to abandoned buildings to do photoshoots, as it was a perfect mood and contrast to their pure beauty. Over the past several years, I have put more effort into photographing the buildings, particularly as urban gentrification has taken over, and travel has been required to find my ideal places”. 

Since becoming a published author with Fonthill Media as part of the abandoned series, starting in 2018,  Farrell has taken a significantly deeper interest in the history of the buildings and surrounding areas.  His goal has always been, and always will be taking the viewer on these adventures. Though research and community outreach he has made these experiences three dimensional for both himself  and his audience. 

Upon having the dream for several years of making farrellgallery.com my online art gallery shop, it came to reality and He is now selling printed goods / wall art of his favorite works on the website. He has  four separate galleries on the website. The backroads gallery includes mostly old farmhouses, nostalgic finds, and roadside antique cars and trucks from my rural explorations. Industrial gallery is for those who like abandoned factories and urban decay with rich color and texture. The travel gallery is from my various adventures, near and far; including street photography and scenic views, including beach / ocean sunrise photos. Finally, the artistic gallery is made up of figure study work with female models and conceptual work. often coupled with abandoned buildings. It all ties in. 

Farrell’s gallery exhibit featuring the abandoned will be on Saturday, October 1, from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. at the Carthage Junction Depot. His favorite works will be on display and for sale. We hope you’ll come by, say hello, browse and perhaps shop to update your decor; and see the metal and canvas prints face-to-face.  Farrell will also have copies of his latest book release, Abandoned Tennessee Treasures on hand, ready to sign and send home with you.

Commodities Distribution September 27th at the Ag Center

The Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency (UCHRA) will hold a commodities distribution for Smith County on Tuesday, September 27, 2022, from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the Smith County Agricultural Center.

Sign-up will be available at the distribution site. The Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, sex, color, national origin, religion, or disability in admission to, access to, or operations of its programs, services, or activities. This project is funded under a Grant Contract with the State of Tennessee.

Izzy Cruz-In Benefit & Scott Allmon Memorial Poker Run October 1st & 2nd 2022

The Justified Riding Club and Caney Fork CMT Abate will be holding their annual 9th Annual Izzy Cruz-In Benefit and 8th Annual Scott Allmon Memorial Poker Run on Saturday, October 1st and Sunday 2, 2022.

The Izzy Cruz-In Benefit on Saturday, October 1, 2022, will be a family friendly day at the Smith County Agricultural Center with live music, corn hole, auctions, venders, bounce houses, and more! Live Music begins at 10 a.m. and will be on both indoor and outdoor stages throughout the day. Several bands will perform throughout the day with local talent Tennessee Outlaw Country will perform at 8 p.m.

Gates open at 10:00 a.m. There is a $10 entry fee. Kids 10 and under are free. Bike Games will begin at 11 a.m. Dessert Auction will be 12-1 p.m. and Live Auction will be 2-4 p.m. in the Ag Center. The Silent Auction and sales for the Honda Gold Wing Bike and Winchester XSP Shotgun Raffle will be day. Silent Auction winners will be announce prior to the evening concert. Raffle winners will be announced at the end of the Scott Allmon Poker Run.

Registration for the Cornhole Tournament is $15 per person or $30 per team. A cash prize of $100 will be awarded to the 1st place team and 2nd place will also receive a prize. The tournament will begin at 1 p.m.

The Izzy Cruz-In car and bike show registration is $10 per car or bike. 25 trophies and plaques will be awarded for various categories thanks to O’Reilly’s Auto parts.Registration for the Car and Bike Show begins at 10:30 a.m. and continues until noon. Judging will take place at 2:00 p.m.

Izabella Gates had a 4-wheeler accident on July 12, 2014 in which she sustained a right below the knee amputation on the scene. She had several surgeries and procedures to maintain as much of her limb as possible.  She was able to wear a prosthetic around 6 weeks after that surgery.  She did all of that while in kindergarten. She is now a 8th grader at SCMS. Since that time, she has not had to have more surgeries,’ but she does require new sockets, knees, and feet at least yearly. She is active at her middle school and has played on the volleyball team since the 5th grade. 

The Scott Allmon Memorial Ride will top off the weekend on Sunday, October 2, 2022

There will be a poker run on Sunday, October 2, 2022 to honor Scott Allmon, from Elmwood, who lost his life leaving the first Izzy Event. Registration for the Scott Allmon Poker Run will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Gordonsville Shell Station, 483 Gordonsville Hwy. The run will begin at 11 a.m. with stops at the Docks, AmVets, 12 Degrees and ending at the Justified Club House. The entry for cars and bikes is $20 and includes 1 poker hand. Additional hands can be purchased for $10. There will be additional prizes for best and worst hands and 50/50 drawings.

For more information about these events and their sponsors check out their facebook pages at Justified Riding Club and Caney Fork CMT ABATE. The events and sponsors are supported by various community members and businesses. They contribute personal time volunteering, organizing, participating and providing financial support to charitable events throughout Middle Tennessee all year long . They enjoy sharing their enthusiasm for motorcycles and riding. Even more, they love the opportunity to support Smith County and specific needs of individuals, community groups and organizations.

Joe Hearn Memorial Scholarship Fund Poker Run – Saturday, September 24th 2022

The Alexandria Lion’s Club will host the Joe Hearn Memorial Scholarship Poker Run on Saturday, September 24th 2022. Hot Rods, Bikes, etc. are welcome. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the run will depart from 300 Fairgrounds Road, Alexandria,TN.

Registration is $25 per entry and $10 per passenger (additional hand). A BBQ lunch is included. Prizes will be given for overall highest and lowest scoring hand. In case of inclement weather a rain date of October 1st has been set. Contact Brad or Chris at 615-529-2580 for more information.

In 2018 a memorial scholarship fund was setup by the Alexandria lions Club in memory of Joe. The scholarship is awarded toa high school vocational student each year. Joe was an avid Ford Mustang lover and longtime member of the Alexandria Lions Club. The run is a just one way the Alexandria Lions club continues to show their love to Joe and give back to the community.

Corn Hole Tournament at William Walton Harvest Festival – Saturday, September 24th

A Corn Hole Tournament is a new event expected at the William Walton Harvest Festival on Saturday, September 24th. There will be cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Registration will start at 11 a.m. Participants will draw for partners, boards and order. Play will begin at Noon. Winners will advance to the finals. The entry fee is $10. The tournament is sponsored by the Carthage Barber Shop and will take place on the lawn of the Smith County Historic Courthouse.

The William Walton Harvest Festival will take place from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. with lots of family fun including yard games, bounce houses, live entertainment, food trucks, zip line and much more. Check our the previous SCI article about the William Walton Harvest Festival.

The 1st Annual Biggest Little Duck Race and Harvest Queen Pageant will also be held at the William Walton Harvest Festival see the previous posts for more details. The evening will end with a free concert featuring the band Beautifully Broken from Southern Lights Entertainment.