The Town of Altamont is preparing for the 6th Annual Fannie Moffitt Autumn Stomp to be held October 13. The festival, named for Altamont’s wealthiest and most eccentric citizen, is a celebration of the heritage and culture that have created the fabric that is Altamont.
This year, the festival honors Scot-Irish heritage. Two bands will demonstrate the influence of Scot-Irish music on the mountain music of years gone by. The Fiery Gizzard String Band, featuring Bob Townsend and son Tim Higgins, resurrect mountain music that has been lost to the community. Irish folk/eclectic band, The Secret Commonwealth, brings a culture rich program that carries the timbre and message that would one day be heard in music of the Appalachians.
The award winning Rowe Family dancers will be the first-ever cloggers to be part of the FMAS. Clogging has its roots in Scottish and Irish dance and this group is foremost in clogging with the youngest member less than six years old.
Also on the line-up of fun activities are the traditional Cruise In and the new Swap Meet. Attendees can bring items to trade or sell. DJ James Walden will provide music at the Cruise In. In addition, there will be games for children, a hula hoop contest, and a 50/50 draw. Door prizes will be given away every hour.
The Altamont Heritage Museum had a recent face lift and will display photos and items families have donated of their Altamont ancestors. The Woodlee House will be open with a quilt display, and Moffitt Manor will have a “Foyer Chat” with some very interesting people.
Earl David and Brenda Campbell will be hosting a re-enactment of The Ambush of Capt. Stephen Tipton, a Union officer shot and killed by two Rebel soldiers dressed in Union uniforms. The ambush occurred where the Campbell home, 52 Old Parker Road, is located.
There will be arts and crafts and a variety of foods, the Wayne Rollins’ Gospel Sing-Along Hour, and the famous Fannie Moffitt hat contest. Prizes for hats include the following categories: most classic, most original, and most eccentric. There is also a children’s contest for creativity and colorfulness.
The Fannie Moffitt Fun Run will line up at 7:30 a.m., in the North Elementary School parking lot. For a map of the route, visit the Fannie Moffitt Autumn Stomp page on Facebook.
A complete schedule of events can be found in this edition of the Grundy County Herald. Admission is free and pets on leashes are welcome. For more information, please call or text Jana Barrett at 931-235-1012, DeEtta Rather at 931-692-3364, Angie Burnette at 931-423-3263, Penny Sons at 931-235-9942, or Dee Dee Hawk at 931-2465.
Fannie Moffitt doppelganger Ann Nunley poses with a picture of the real Fannie Moffitt.