School School Mountaineer Days

Shook School burned in 1976. The only remaining building of the historic school is the gymnasium.

The Mountaineer Days Festival is coming to Tracy City this Saturday. Started in the late 1960s as “Old Timer’s Day,” the annual fall festival lives on. This year’s event will feature vendors, food, games, live music and an airplane ping pong ball drop.

“Proceeds from the festival go to a fund set up to re-roof the gymnasium of the former Shook School,” Jimmy Williams, former President of the Mountain Heritage Preservation Society, said. “We also hold a Barefoot Boy Auction, and those proceeds go to purchase school supplies for local school children.”

Planned events include two greasy pig-catching contests–one for younger children and another for older children. Winners get to take home the pig if they catch and hold on to it.

There will be a “jail” where attendees can turn in their friends and neighbors if they are not wearing a Mountaineer Days pin. “Convicts” are required to do silly tasks to earn their release and pay a $2 fine to purchase a pin.

The balloon and egg toss, hula hoop contest and bed racing are main attractions for children, as is the ball drop from an airplane piloted by Tommy Lawson. Each ball collected can be redeemed for a cash prize. There will be a $100 bill among ones, fives, tens and twenties. The cash prizes have been donated by local businesses.

There will be a ceremony to commemorate the 20th anniversary of 9/11 at noon with a street dance with live music to close out this year’s festival from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.

The Mountaineer Days festival will be held from 8 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. at the former Shook School and the ballpark across the way on 12th Street.