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Biggest Little Duck Race held at the William Walton Harvest Festival – Saturday, September 24th

The Pregnancy Help Center of Smith County will be bringing the river to Main Street to raise money for the clients that the Pregnancy Center serves. The First Annual Biggest Little Duck Race will be held on September 24th in conjunction with the William Walton Harvest Festival.

Small Rubber/Plastic Duckies will “swim” down a 16’ miniature Lazy River to determine winners in both the BIG race and smaller 3 to 10 duck races during the day. The BIG race promises a minimum of $1,000 to the winner or 40% of the proceeds raised from adopted ducks (whichever is greater). Ducks can be adopted for $10.00. Additional prizes for subsequent places will also be awarded. There will be a “Pluck a Duck” opportunity for smaller children with age-appropriate prizes.

You can adopt duck(s) on the Pregnancy Help Center website at at the Pregnancy Help Center in Carthage during business hours, Smith Co. Chamber of Commerce, all local branches of Citizens Bank, Smith County Bank andWilson Bank & Trust, Smith County Drug Center, Gordonsville Drugs, Hackett’s Discount Drugs , and from PHC board members – Martha Holladay – Director, Tim Frank, Gary Ferrell, Michael Manor, Robin Underwood, Heather Underwood, and Sandra Vaden, and at the PHC booth on the day of the race.

Adoptions/Tickets for the BIG Race are $10.00 each. Tickets for the smaller races will be purchased on race day only.
For more information about the race and to adopt your own ducks go to https://www.phcsmithcounty.org/duckrace

The PHC is a Christ-centered ministry offering life affirming, compassionate care to women, men and children who face pregnancy related issues. They are there for you to help you understand the choices available to you and your families. Free and confidential. To learn more about the PHC go to https://www.phcsmithcounty.org

Carthage Market Fest set for September 17th

The Fall Town of Carthage Market Fest will be held Saturday, September 17th from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Food vendors, music, crafts, an antique car cruise-in, and dog show are just some of the activities planned. Bring the family for an afternoon of fun at the Carthage City Park and Walking Track, 406 Industrial Drive.

2022 Harvest Queen Pageant at the William Walton Harvest Festival Saturday, September 24th

The 2022 William Walton Harvest Queen Pageant will be held at the William Walton Harvest Festival on Saturday, September 24th at 4 p.m.

There will be six age groups for girls 1-18 years old including: Tiny Miss 1-3 years, Little Miss 4-6 years, Petite 7-9 years, Junior 10-12 years, Teen 13-15 years and Miss Harvest Queen 16-18 years Contestants must be the actual age for each category by July 1st 2022.

The entry fee is $25. Optional electives including $10 Most Photogenic (2 awarded under 10 years and 11-18 years. Photos must be submitted at 3:30 check-in the day of the pageant), $5 Best Dress (each age category) and $5 Best Smile (each age category)

Three People’s Choice awards will be given for 3 awarded – under 6 years, 7-12 years & 13+ years. Pageant supported will be able to cast their $1 votes during the pageant.

Contestant applications are available for pick up at the Smith County Chamber of Commerce and the Smith County Register of Deeds Office in the Turner Building. For more information please call the Smith County Chamber of Commerce 615-735-2093 or Jerri Lin Vaden-Malone 615-489-5570 or email jvaden@titlesearcher.com

2021 Winners William Walton Harvest Queen Pageant

The William Walton Harvest Festival celebrates the history of Smith County. If you are interested in being a vendor or need more information about the event contact the Smith County Chamber of Commerce at 615-735-2093.

American Idol Contestant Alex Miller in Concert on September 11th

Former American Idol contestant, Alex Miller will be in concert at the Smith County Ag Center on Sunday, September 11th at 6 p.m. Aaron and Gracie will open the concert. The concert is presented by Shade Tree Livestock Handling.

Tickets are $15 dollars in advance and can be purchased at the Smith County Chamber of Commerce and the Smith County Co-op. Tickets at the door will be $20. Concessions will be available. Children ages 10 and under are free.

Alex Miller was a season 19 contestant on American Idol. He is described as a “torch carrying champion of traditional county music” on his website. His first album “Miller Time” will be released soon. To learn more about Alex Miller and check out some of his music check out the Alex Miller website.

Carthage United Methodist Church Blessing of the Pets – September 10, 2022

The Carthage United Methodist Church will host its 5th Annual Blessing of the Pets from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 10, 2022

UMC Pastor Monica Mowdy encourages you to “Bring your kitty, your doggo, guinea pig or lizard, whatever lives in your home that you call a pet. All creatures great and small…The Lord God made them all! Let’s celebrate the gift of critters that came directly from God to you.”

At the Blessing of the Pets, pet & family photographs will be taken, special activities for kids will be offered, and nail trims will be available for a donation to Smith County Animal Clinic Lovie’s Fund.

The Carthage United Methodist Church is located at 608 Main Street North in Carthage, TN.  Learn more about the Carthage United Methodist Church at http://www.carthagetnumc.org.

William Walton Harvest Festival – Saturday, September 24th 2022

Mark your calendar for a fun-filled family day. Saturday, September 24th will be the 10th William Walton Harvest Festival. The event will take place in Downtown Carthage. The lawn of the Historic Courthouse and streets will be filled with pioneer demonstrators, vendors, food trucks, Zero Gravity reverse bungee attraction, Rackley Roofing’s Zipline and a Duck Race fundraiser hosted by Smith County Pregnancy Help Center.

Throughout the day there will be live entertainment special presentations and re-enactments on the stage in front of the Historic Courthouse. The 2022 Harvest Queen Pageant will be held at 4 p.m. Beautifully Broken will perform in the Free evening concert at 7 p.m.

William Walton was one of the first settlers in the area. In 1804 he sold around 50 acres of land for $1.00 to create what would become a the Town of Carthage. He also donated land for the first school in Carthage. In 1997 the Town of Carthage recognized William Walton as one of Tennessee’s greatest citizens of the 18th-19th centuries for his contributions to the advancement of the community.

The William Walton Harvest Festival celebrates the history of Smith County. If you are interested in being a vendor or need more information about the event contact the Smith County Chamber of Commerce at 615-735-2093.

6th Annual Nobel Peace Price Dinner September 17th

Smith County Celebrates is happy to announce our 6th Annual Nobel Peace Prize Dinner Tickets are now available for purchase!

You can purchase them from The Candy Bar, Smith County Drug, The Chamber of Commerce, or you can message our Facebook page.

You can also message our page if you have any questions about ticket purchasing or the dinner!

Second Harvest Food Truck Friday, August 26th

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The Second Harvest Food Truck will be at the Smith County Agriculture Center on Friday, August 26th. The truck generally arrives approximately 8 a.m. Volunteers work to unload the truck and get the food ready for pick-up shortly after. Food is distributed until it is gone. Cars line up around the Ag Center early. Those hoping to receive food at this distribution are encouraged to be in line no later than 10 a.m.

The food trucks are sponsored by the Hunger Relief Fund of Smith County and grants from Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle TN. Churches, businesses and individuals donate to the hunger relief fund all year. Generally two dates are scheduled each month. For more information feel free to contact the Smith County Chamber of Commerce 615-735-2093.

SOUTHERN FRIED AND HORRIFIED: Award-winning TN author Ron Kelly’s memoir & launch party

Today we invite you to pull up a rocking chair, break out the sweet tea and moon pies, and sit a spell. It’s time to be Southern-Fried and Horrified!

In his forthcoming memoir, SOUTHERN FRIED AND HORRIFIED (September 6, 2022; Stygian Sky Media), Splatterpunk Award-winning, lifelong Tennessee author Ronald Kelly expounds on a lifetime shaped by his love of horror and the macabre, as well as a thirty-six-year career as a Southern storyteller. His early influences, the long road to publication, success as a Zebra Horror author, the devastating collapse of mass market publishing in the mid-1990s, and his ten-year hiatus from writing and horror… it is all here, between two covers, as well as his triumphant return to the genre and a fresh, new resurgence of his creativity and popularity. Sprinkled generously throughout are essays, writing advice, and lists of Kelly’s favorite books and movies, as well as his most cherished heroes, villains, and creatures from the RK mythos.

Ron is celebrating the launch in person from Noon-4pm on Saturday, September 3 at the Carthage Junction Depot at 185 Gordonsville Highway in Brush Creek. Weird Tales cover artist Lynne Hansen will host a Q&A with Ron, and special guests will also include Bram Stoker Award-winning author Jeff Strand. The celebration will also include refreshments, book sale and signings, and it’s free and open to the public.

Born and bred in Tennessee, Ronald Kelly is the Splatter Punk Award-winning author of Southern-fried horror fiction with fifteen novels, twelve short story collections, and a Grammy-nominated audio collection to his credit. Influenced by such writers as Stephen King, Richard Matheson, Joe R. Lansdale, and Manly Wade Wellman, Kelly sets his tales of rural darkness in the hills and hollows of his native state. He lives in a backwoods hollow in Brush Creek, Tennessee with his wife, Joyce, and their young’uns. (Submitted by Julia Borchertspublicity manager, Kaye Publicity)

“Raise the Woof” fundraiser for Waggin’ Tails

Waggin’ Tails will host a fundraising BBQ Dinner on Saturday, August 27th at 6 p..m. at River Point Ranch in Carthage TN. In addition to dinner there will also be a live and silent auction. Tickets can be purchased online at givebutter.com/waggintails.

Check out the Waggin’ Tails facebook page to see the great auction items and learn more about the rescue group. Waggin’ Tails is a dog rescue in Smith County, Tennessee that was established in 2020.  Smith County does not have an animal shelter and we receive no support from the county. 

Their mission is to provide needed veterinary care and loving homes for abandoned, neglected or surrendered dogs in Smith County, TN.  Since our inception, we have been able to help approximately 600 dogs get vetted and find forever homes.  We rely exclusively on donations. Their goal is to raise $15,000 during this event and 100% of all proceeds will go towards helping the dogs of Smith County.