Altamont is gearing up for the Fourth Annual Fannie Moffitt Autumn Stomp on Saturday, October 8, beginning at 10 a.m. Vendors from all over the area are bringing great craft items and food that will make the mouth water. The day is chock full of activities that anyone from one to one hundred will enjoy. The Fannie Moffitt Autumn Stomp is not so much about Fannie Moffitt as it is about Altamont in general. Fannie was flamboyant and eccentric. Some loved her, some hated her, but everyone was intrigued by her strange lifestyle and hence her name lends a charming ring to the title of the festival.
The day begins with the Fannie Moffitt 5K Fun Run. The fee is $15 for those who register before the day of the event and $20 at the event. Each runner will receive a tee shirt. Children are free but there is a $10 charge if they want a tee shirt. If you need information on the Fun Run contact Lee Harper at 692-2395 or 692-3987. Registration forms are available at the Altamont City Hall.
Besides the arts and crafts, the Fannie Moffitt Cruise in will host some of the most beautiful cars and pickups imaginable. While the Dee Jay plays the oldies we all love so well, there will be a 50/50 draw and Darrell’s Auto Parts has provided prizes that will given away every half hour.
As for the Stomp, the Confederate Belles will be teaching reels and other nineteenth century dances. They will also be doing skits and having tea on the Woodlee house lawn. Pom Dance lessons will be given by two Warren County Pioneerettes in this year’s new attraction, Little Fannie Land.
Margaret Matens will be at Little Fannie Land, aka Rickey Sons Memorial Park, to present a program about her “critters” at 11:00 a.m. Also in Little Fannie Land the Grundy Area Arts Council will have crafts for the kids to make and there will be face painting as well. There may even be a few interesting visitors stop by. The Altamont Baptist Church will also have bouncy houses.
The Veteran’s Memorial Ceremony will be presented by Thomas Rollins and Ray Winton on the Court House Steps at Noon. When the program starts, we will ask that everything come to a standstill until it is over.
The quilt display will be in the Woodlee House and open all day as will the Museum located in the Florence Scruggs Building. Also in the Florence Scruggs Auditorium we will see a re-enactment of the Ambush of Stephen Tipton which happened in what is now Earl David Campbell’s yard. In the past we have had the drama on the actual spot the ambush took place and presented by the Campbell family. This year it will be performed by the Confederate Belles and their husbands.
At four o’clock sharp, contestants of the Fannie’s Favorite Hat Contest will be lined up and ready to parade down Cumberland Street led by the Grundy County High School Band and Fannie Moffitt herself will lead the group to the auditorium to present $100 to the most eccentric hat, $75 to the most creative, and $50 to the most classic. Register your hat between 11:00 and 1:30. You will receive a number that must be worn on the hat all day. The judges are embedded in the crowd watching for those numbers
At five o’clock we begin winding down with Wayne Rollins, one of Altamont’s native sons, hosting the Southern Gospel Singing Hour.
The Haunted Trail will begin at dark and the cost for that is $2 per person. Aside from the haunted trail and Fun Run all activities are free. If you want to give a donation to help fund next year’s Fannie Moffitt Autumn Stomp there will be donation boxes scattered throughout the festival. A full schedule of events is available at area post offices, on the FMAS Facebook page. For more information about FMAS contact Jana Barrett 931-692-3879, DeEtta Rather 931-692-3364, Penny Sons 931-235-9942, Angie Burnett 931-467-3263 or Dee Dee Hawk at 931-235-3417.