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Altamont is hopping with preparation for the first annual Fannie Moffitt Autumn Stomp, a celebration of Altamont’s heritage. October 12 will begin with a 5K Warrior Run, which will leave from North Elementary parking lot at 8:00 a.m. with registration at 7:30. There is no fee for the run, but donations going toward North’s new walking trail are appreciated. Renee Corley is in charge of the run.
After the run, enjoy a hearty pancake breakfast at the Altamont Community Center from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. Mrs. Ann Fitch and her crew will be flipping flap jacks, fixing bacon, sausage and coffee with a cost of $5 ages 12 and up, ages 7-11 $2.50, and children under 7 are free.
At 10:00 a.m., the Ambush of Captain Stephen Tipton will be re-enacted on the lawn of Earl David and Brenda Campbell’s house. It was here that in 1864, Captain Tipton met his doom when two confederate soldiers dressed in union uniforms called him out on false pretenses and shot him and a private to death. Tipton is buried in Altamont Cemetery.
From 10:00 until 6:00 p.m., visitors can enjoy a cruise-in with a 100% draw, arts and crafts fair, food court, Village of Lost Arts, live music with emcee Uncle Don Clark, local talent including New Bluegrass Revival with Don Hill, a petting zoo (complete with camel) and games galore at the Altamont Baptist Church. Inside the Florence Scruggs Building, guests can view a vintage quilt display, museum, genealogy center and the library. Rangers from Old Stone Fort and Savage Gulf Recreation Area will be on hand with snakes and one group will be building a fire from scratch.
Everyone is encouraged to wear unusual and elaborate hats, because Miss Fannie herself will be looking at hats (an obsession of hers). At 4:00 p.m. contestants will be called together and if Fannie snatches your hat the prize is $100.
Other music features for the day will be Jason Wilson, and Georgia Ramblers and Foothills Irish Dancers will perform around 3:30 and other cultural performances are being planned.
At 6:00 p.m., Altamont will close down for a somber ceremony saluting the flag and Grundy County’s veterans, living or dead. At 7:00 p.m. everyone who wants to participate in the “Storytelling” hour will go to the auditorium of the Florence Scruggs Building. The night will be topped off by a street dance in front of the courthouse and a haunted hayride not for the faint of heart. It is rumored that the elusive Screamin’ Jack will be on a tear that night.
So come early and stay late, on October 12, at the first annual Fannie Moffitt Autumn Stomp in Altamont. In case of rain, some activities will be moved inside.