“Small Town, Big Tradition,” is the very fitting theme for this year’s Old Timers’ Day celebration in Collinwood. The big event that takes place every year on Labor Day Weekend, an event that in our minds signals the end of summer and the beginning of the fall season, is coming up this Saturday, September 4th. It is hosted once again by the Collinwood Beautification Board, a small group that dedicates many hours of time and labor to make the event a success.
The annual Old Timers’ Day Parade will officially kick off the event, featuring this year’s Mr. and Mrs. Old Timers’ Day, James and Sherline Morris. Lineup for the parade will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Bratton Drive, and will proceed through town beginning at 10:00.
The festivities at the park will begin with the invocation offered by Collinwood Mayor Glenn Brown, and the National Anthem performed by Mrs. Lisa Calton and her granddaughters.
Live musical performances will begin at approximately 12:00 noon with the band Southern Fire. Band of Brothers will perform at 1:30, and Johnny Moser and the Big River Band will be onstage at 3:00 p.m. All the bands performing this year are local favorites who always play an entertaining variety of music for the crowd. Chuck Koblentz, owner and DJ of WWON Radio, will once again be the MC for the event. Ayden, Owen, and Nolen Chambers, grandsons of veteran Randy Chambers and wife Peggy of Collinwood, will lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
A “country breakfast” will be served at McGlamery Church, beginning at 6:00 a.m. for the early risers.
A “Cutest Dog Contest” will once again take place at the park on Old Timers’ Day. Bring your cute pooches with you on Saturday, and see Tammy Walter for details on the contest.
Anyone interested in being a vendor at the event, including both new vendors and vendors who have participated in the past, should call Peggy Chambers as soon as possible at 931-724-9918 or 931-212-9066 to reserve a booth.
Mark your calendars and don’t forget to come to the “Small Town” of Collinwood on Saturday to enjoy the “Big Tradition” of Old Timers’ Day!