Altamont is gearing up for the Second Annual Fannie Moffitt Autumn Stomp on October 11. The Festival, named for the eccentric and colorful Fannie Moffitt, is a celebration of Altamont’s rich heritage and a time for old friends and family to reunite. One might simply enjoy the day in a place you may have never been before. One thing is for certain, there are so many things to do you will not have time to get bored.
Starting at 8:00 a.m., the 5K Warrior Run will leave from the backside of Ricky Sons Memorial. Parking will be available at the Altamont Church of Christ and Lane Funeral Home. The run is free, but a donation of $10 is appreciated. The donations will be used as matching funds for a grant North Elementary is writing to build an outdoor volleyball court.
Opening ceremonies will begin at 9:30 a.m. in front of the Grundy County Courthouse.
The Cruise in (last year we registered 147 cars!); arts and crafts, a quilt display, and museum will be open from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
At 6:00 p.m. the town will fall silent for the lowering of the flag with the AEDC Air Force Honor Guard.
Special events throughout the day include:
All baking contest entries can be turned in between 8:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. Prizes will be given out at 11:30.
The reenactment of the ambush of Capt. Stephen Tipton will be performed at 10:00 a.m. and again at 2:00 a.m. on Parker Rd. The Civil War Flag Walk will be at 2:30 a.m. and again at 2:45 a.m. A historical outdoor drama, performed by North Elementary students, will be in front of Moffitt Manor, and can be seen at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
To demonstrate Fannie Moffitt’s incurable love of hats, there will be a hat contest. Registration for the hat contest is from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the museum. At 4:00 p.m. there will be the parade of hats, led by Fannie Moffitt herself, to the Florence Scruggs Auditorium where awards will be given. There are three categories of hats – Most Elaborate – $100; Most Elegant – $50; Most Creative – $25; and the Ugliest Hat will win a gift certificate from Walker’s Video and Grill. Ladies and gentlemen are invited to strut their stuff.
Live music will begin at 12:00 p.m. Local talent, country/rock/gospel singer Jason Wilson will be on stage from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m; The Foothills Irish Dancers will perform from 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Storytelling with folks who remember Altamont of the past and Fannie Moffitt herself will start at 5:00 p.m. at the Ricky Son’s Memorial Park Pavilion.
Nashville’s popular Celtic/eclectic band, The Secret Commonwealth, will perform from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30p.m. Greg Cutcliff will play the bagpipes throughout the day.
Kids will enjoy the petting zoo, pony rides, an inflatable playground, and games provided by Altamont Baptist Church. In the evening at 7:00 p.m. the haunted hay ride will load up behind Walker’s Video and Grill.
One of the special events will be a Red Devil reunion. Anyone who played basketball under the Red Devil’s name is invited to come to the Florence Scruggs Auditorium at 11:00 a.m. This will also mark the opening of the Red Devil Museum housed beside the Heritage Museum in the Florence Scruggs Building. There will be memorabilia,
trophies, uniforms, photos and even a replica of the actual Red Devil himself that was painted by Jim Fitch when the gymnasium was new. Tee shirts with the Red Devil logo will be for sale.
If you have items for display or donations for either the Heritage Museum or the Red Devil Museum please contact Penny Sons at 235-9942 or Angie Burnett 467-3263.
Items on loan to the museum for Saturday, October 11, and will be handled with extreme care, placed in glass or hung so they cannot be touched, will never be left unattended, and will be returned after six that evening.
For more information on the Cruise In, contact Cyndi Whitman at 235-3176.
If you are interested in a vendor’s booth please, call DeEtta Rather at 931-692-3364.
For 5k Warrior Run information direct questions to Tanya Garner at 931-692-3641 or Renee Corley at 931-693-3710.
Anyone wishing to receive a schedule via email, or general questions, email Jana Barrett at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Fannie Moffitt Street Stomp will begin at 8:30 na.m. and end at 10:00 p.m.