Dickson County will host its 55th Annual Old Timers Day throughout several blocks of its downtown district this Friday and Saturday. Free activities include the festival’s parade, a 5K run, live entertainment, dancing, food vendors, an all-day arts & crafts flea market and more.
The two-day festivities kick off at the War Memorial Building Friday evening, when the public is invited to view the Ms. Old Timers Day Pageant content and the Liars Contest, both beginning at 6 p.m.
On Saturday the party starts at 6 a.m. with the 37th Annual Pancake Breakfast at Dickson First United Methodist, and follows with a 7 a.m. 5K walk/run and Children’s Fun Run at Dickson Electric. The “All Roads Lead Home”-themed parade will begin walking at 10 a.m. at the Dickson County High School, and wraps around to Dickson Middle School.
Live entertainment—including blue grass, rock ‘n’ roll and gospel tunes, plus the Robert Spicer Memorial Dance Competition—will begin Saturday at 11 a.m. on Main Street, and caps off with Vance Smith’s Grand Old Hatchery at 7 p.m. In addition, an antique & classic car display and an antique tractor exhibition will host the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at S. Main Street and Center Avenue, respectively.
Other Saturday activities include an all-day arts & crafts flea market on Center Avenue and Walnut Street, Civil War demonstrators and a horseshoe tournament. Event organizers encourage attendees to bring lawn chairs and quilts to enjoy and observe activities on the grounds.
Old Timers Day first started with Dickson native Warren Medley, and his 1950’s “Old Timers Program” heard over WDKN-AM. Since the first event in 1959, it has evolved into one of Middle Tennessee’s favorite traditions, honoring the heritage of Dickson County.
For more information about the event, go to www.dicksoncountyoldtimersday.com or contact the Clement Hotel Railroad Museum at 615-446-0500.