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Altamont citizens are coming together on October 12 to put on an amazing festival that honors a rich heritage. The Fannie Moffitt Autumn Stomp is named for one of many (too numerous to mention) residents of Altamont’s past. Fannie Moffitt, known for her immense wealth and frugal ways, has been the topic of many a supper table story session. Eccentric and odd, the mere mention of her name brings a fanciful ring to the festival. One might even see the old girl herself flitting around town. Visitors are encouraged to create and wear the most bizarre hat possible. If Fannie snatches that hat, a prize is in store!
The day will start at 8:00 a.m. with a 5K run from the park to North Elementary School and back. A pancake breakfast will be available from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. at the Altamont Community Center. The price for breakfast will be $5 for ages 12 and up with a reduced price for youngsters under 12. An arts and crafts fair will begin at the site of the old courthouse. The new courthouse will be the venue of a cruise in that will also add fun to the day’s activities. Visitors will also enjoy live music, dramatic tours at historical venues, and games.
In the Florence Scruggs Building, people will be able to really dig into Altamont’s past by viewing family history displays, family trees and artifacts at the genealogy/museum center. There will also be a display of quilts made by various women who nurtured and raised generations that extended into their future.
The evening will wind down with a program of Celtic, Scottish and Native American dance and music to honor our diverse heritage. Inside the auditorium of the Florence Scruggs Building there will be a precious time of remembering, sharing and storytelling from people who knew and loved the Altamont of old. To bring a close to the FMAS there will be a street dance in front of the Florence Scruggs Building. Admission to all activities is free with the exception of breakfast.
For the sake of accuracy, we ask that each family who wishes to have their family history, family tree or written history included in the Genealogy Center be responsible for preparing displays and submitting them by October 6. For suggestions about preparing displays, contact a coordinator for more information. There is also an impending family display workshop that will be announced at a later date.
Crafters, food vendors, civic organizations, and booster clubs are invited to take a space at the arts and crafts fair. There is no charge for booths this year. Local crafters get preferential consideration. No yard sale items, please. There is also a need for volunteers to work in different areas.
For information, volunteering, or any questions about the Fannie Moffitt Autumn Stomp, contact Jana Barrett at 692-3879; DeEtta Northcutt Rather at 692-3364; Penny Smartt Sons at 931-235-9942; or Angie Burnett at 467-3263.