It’s no secret that Tennessee has a rich Civil War history. One of the most famous players in the Confederate Army, General John Bell Hood, led one of the most significant offensive operations of the war, as he attempted, and failed, to capture Nashville. Learn more about Hood’s trials in a new book, Hood’s Tennessee Campaign. We’re giving away two copies of this interesting book. Enter below throughout the month of August for your chance to win!
Plateau Pregnancy Services 4th Annual Benefit Car Show and Swap Meet – Aug. 2, Crossville
Help this organization help the young men, women and children in their community. A day filled with live music, great food, crafts, gifts and more, this event takes place from noon to 5 p.m. at the Cumberland Plaza Shopping Center. People may enter their trucks, cars and motorcycles with a suggested $10 donation per vehicle. Admission is free. CONTACT: (931) 456-6944
Rock-A-Billy Festival – Aug. 7-9, Jackson
The world’s largest gathering of Rock-A-Billy artists and musicians features the pioneers of Rock-A-Billy music as well as new artists. CONTACT: (731) 427-6262
Highway 127 Corridor Sale/World’s Largest Yard Sale – Aug. 7-10, Jamestown
Get some great finds at the world’s longest yard sale, which stretches for 675 miles along Hwy. 127. CONTACT: (800) 327-3945
Elvis Week – Aug. 11-17, Memphis
Head to the 36th anniversary of the celebration of Elvis Presley’s music, movies and life. The event also includes a candlelight vigil. CONTACT: (800) 327-3945
Southern Fried Food & Sweet Tea Festival – Aug. 15-16, McKenzie (pictured)
Celebrate “all things fried” and wash them down with the South’s favorite beverage, sweet tea. CONTACT: (731) 352-2292
Wilson County Fair – Aug. 15-23, Lebanon
Celebrate this year’s theme, Farmers, Boots and Country Roots, and honor our hardworking farmers at the famous Wilson County Fair. Entertainment on six stages, tractor pulls, parades, pageants and more. CONTACT: (615) 444-8221
David Crockett’s 228th Birthday Celebration – Aug. 17, Morristown
Birthday refreshments, reenactments, children’s activities and more celebrating Davy Crockett’s 228th birthday. CONTACT: crocketttavernmuseum.org
We would argue that there’s nothing better on a scorching summer day than a refreshing ice cream cone – and we don’t mean your basic vanilla or strawberry. Stop in to Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, with two locations in Nashville, for unique and delicious flavors like Goat Cheese with Red Cherries, Wildberry Lavender and the peanut-chocolate combo aptly named The Buckeye State.
If you want to take it a step further, here’s your chance. According to founder Jeni Britton Bauer, what you serve with ice cream is just as important as the frozen treat itself. In her new cookbook, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream Desserts, she justifies her statement with recipes for impressive ice cream-centric desserts that feature other components like cakes, pies, pastries and more. Enter below throughout the month of July for your chance to win the brand-new cookbook! And to give you a sneak peak, try Jeni’s Stone Fruit Sorbet recipe for yourself, shown below. *Note: You will need an ice cream machine to make.
Stone Fruit Sorbet
- 2 pounds stone fruits (such as 1 medium peach, peeled, 2 large plums, 4 apricots and 16 dark red cherries, pitted)
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup light corn syrup
- 1/4 cup stone fruit vodka
- Puree the fruit in a food processor until smooth.
- Combine the pureed fruit, sugar and corn syrup in a 4-quart saucepan and bring to a simmer, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Remove from heat, transfer to a medium bowl, and let cool.
- Strain the mixture through a sieve into another bowl. Place in the refrigerator and chill for at least 2 hours.
- Remove the sorbet base from the refrigerator and stir in the vodka. Remove the frozen canister from the freezer, assemble your ice cream machine and turn it on. Pour the sorbet base into the canister and spin just until it is the consistency of very softly whipped cream. Pack the sorbet into a storage container. Press a sheet of parchment directly against the surface and seal with an airtight lid. Freeze in the coldest part of your freezer until firm, at least 4 hours.
Head to the Tennessee Agricultural Museum in Nashville throughout July for Summer Saturdays. From July 5-26, 2014, the venue will spotlight farm happenings with fun-filled activities from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Guests can experience everything from buggy rides and horse shows, to milking goats, sampling foods from the forest, visiting with Smokey Bear and much more. The museum also features a two-story barn with more than 3,500 artifacts as well as log cabins, a farmhouse, gardens and nature trails.
The Tennessee Agricultural Museum is located at the Ellington Agricultural Center. For a schedule of events and more information, visit tnagmuseum.org or call (615) 837-5197.
Two sweet Tennessee treats team up for an annual festival that will celebrate its 20th anniversary this summer.
Head down to Bell Buckle on June 21, 2014, for the RC-Moon Pie Festival. The event began in 1994, when locals decided to throw a 75th birthday party for the Chattanooga Bakery’s famous chocolate- marshmallow snack to bring in tourists. Two decades later, the event draws thousands for a 10K run, live music and entertainment, the crowning of the RC King and Moon Pie Queen, and of course, lots of delicious Southern food – including the World’s Largest Moon Pie.
For more details, call (931) 389-9663 or visit their website.
Join Governor Bill Haslam and Tennessee’s hardworking cattle farmers in celebrating beef this July.
More than just producing a tasty, nutritious product, the state’s cattle farmers are stewards of the land and do their best to serve the community and care for their animals. The beef they serve to others is the same they serve to their families, so there’s no cutting corners.
SEE MORE: Farm Facts: Beef
Midnight Independence Day Parade – July 3, Gatlinburg
The official “First July Fourth Parade of the Nation” kicks off at midnight. Floats, balloons, marching bands and more pay tribute to our country. CONTACT: (865) 436-4178
July 4th Celebration and Anvil Shoot – July 4, Norris
Independence Day will be celebrate in an unusual dramatic fashion at the Museum of Appalachia with historic anvil shoots. The event also features mountain arts and crafts, bluegrass and folk music, and church services. CONTACT: museumofappalachia.org
Music City July 4th Spectacular – July 4, Nashville
This annual event is Nashville’s biggest one-day party and one of the nation’s best fireworks displays. CONTACT: (800) 657-6910
Smithville Fiddler’s Jamboree & Crafts Festival – July 4-5, Smithville (pictured)
Don’t miss the talent at this annual festival, which features various state and national championships, jam sessions and juried craft exhibitors. CONTACT: (615) 597-4163
Summer Celebration Lawn & Garden Show – July 10, Jackson
Colorful blooms and lush foliage will not only lift spirits, but also spark creative ideas and offer lessons in horticulture management that can save homeowners time and money. Hear fascinating presentations from the region’s leading gardening experts. Walk through beautiful garden displays and get plant problems diagnosed. Plus, you can purchase great performing plants at the Master Gardener Plant Sale. CONTACT: (731) 425-4768
Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Rodeo – July 11-12, Pulaski
This new event will take place at 7:30 p.m. at Giles County Ag Park. Tickets will be sold at the event, with all proceeds benefiting Giles County Young Farmers and Ranchers. CONTACT: (931) 424-3761
36th Annual Uncle Dave Macon Days Festival – July 11-13, Murfreesboro
This festival honors the memory of Uncle Dave Macon, one of the first Grand Ole Opry superstars. Visitors can enjoy music, arts and crafts, food, storytelling and various competitions. CONTACT: (800) 716-7560
5th Annual Tojo Creek Gourd Gala – July 12, Lebanon
Local gourd artists will display their interesting art, provide demonstrations and answer questions about gourds and gourd art. CONTACT: tojocreek.com
Scopes Trial Play & Festival – July 18, Dayton
See history come alive at this two-day festival centered around the play “Front Page News” that tells the story of the 1925 Scopes Evolution Trial. There will be music on the courthouse lawn, arts and crafts, food, vendors and more. CONTACT: scopesfestival.com
Grainger County Tomato Festival – July 25-27, Rutledge
Celebrate the summertime fruit at this annual festival. Events include a Civil War encampment, arts and cultural exposition, tomato wars, entertainment and more. CONTACT: (865) 828-4222
Loretta Lynn’s Amateur Motocross Championships – July 28 – Aug. 2, Hurricane Mills
Watch some of the nation’s top amateur racers in this exciting AMA-sanctioned event. CONTACT: (931) 296-7700
Arts in August – July 30 – Aug. 29, Mount Pleasant
A month-long celebration of the arts in Maury County including various exhibits, children’s classes, a writers studio, songwriting competition and more. CONTACT: visitmountpleasanttn.com
Food, fireworks, time with your family – no matter what your favorite part of 4th of July festivities, towns across Tennessee are celebrating the nation’s birthday with tons of fun things to do.
From drag boat races to anvil shoots, from great food to live music, here is a list of Independence Day celebrations for you to enjoy with family and friends.
And of course, spectacular fireworks shows are included.
Freedom Festival – July 3, Hendersonville
Thursday, July 3, from 5:00-10:00 p.m. find craft booths, live music, a children’s play area, plenty of food and fireworks at dark. Local entertainment will begin performing at 6:00 pm and the fireworks will begin at 9:00 pm. Kidzone tickets are $5 for the first armband, $15 for a family of five. Visit the Freedom Festival website or call (615) 824-2818 for more information.
Gatlinburg’s Fourth of July Midnight Parade – July 3-4, Gatlinburg
Gatlinburg kicks off the annual parade with the opening moment of the holiday at 12 a.m. on Friday, July 4. Members of the U.S. Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard, plus vintage military vehicles, local area public safety agencies, and lots more will appear in the parade. The parade stretches more than a mile in length and features more than 100 decorated floats, helium balloons, marching bands and more. Go to the event website or call (800) 568-4748 to learn more.
Celebration and Anvil Shoot – July 4, Norris
The Museum of Appalachia’s July 4th Celebration & Anvil Shoot recreates an old-fashioned Independence Day with an anvil shoot, authentic old-time music, patriotic ceremonies, demonstrations of pioneer skills like sassafras tea brewing, shepherding and rail splitting, and food. The anvil shoot is the highlight of the Museum’s July 4th festivities. Several times during the day, gunpowder is packed under the anvil and ignited. With a resounding boom, the hunk of iron bursts from a cloud of smoke. The earth literally shakes, and the deafening boom can be heard as far as 15 miles away. Call (865) 494-7680 or go to the event website for more information.
4th of July Celebration – July 4, Adams
This annual celebration includes picnicking, family fun activities, food and firework display. Call (615) 696-2593.
July 4th Celebration at Cherokee Park – July 4, Morristown
Free, day-long musical celebration for the family. Enjoy a variety of bands, children’s games and activities, ending with a firework display at sunset. Call (423) 586-5232 for more information.
Smoking the Water 4th of July Festival – July 4, Kingston
Celebrate Independence Day on the waterfront with a parade, Miss Firecracker Pageant, drag boat races, wake board competitions, food, live music, art show and an exciting fireworks show over Watts Bar Lake. To learn more, visit the festival website or call (865) 376-1356.
After the 4th, find more July events across the state here.
Are we missing your favorite Tennessee Fourth of July celebration? Let us know where you’ll be in the comments!
Nestled in Union City in rural West Tennessee, Discovery Park of America offers entertainment, education and family fun with more than 70,000 square feet of exhibits focused on science, history, nature, art and technology. Check out the video below for a sneak peek of the museum, then watch for a full article in an upcoming issue of Tennessee Home and Farm.
Learn more about the park at discoveryparkofamerica.com or call (731) 885-5455. 731-885-5455731-885-5455
Make the trip to Loretto, nestled in southern Middle Tennessee just south of Lawrenceburg, for farm-fresh peaches from Rosson Peach Orchard.
The family-owned farm grows many different types of produce, but specializes in the fuzzy summer peach. Rosson Orchard begins harvesting in June, continuing throughout the summer, growing a number of peach varieties including Challenger, Contender, Intrepid, China Pearl and Redskin.
SEE MORE: Peachy Ponderings: From Tree to Table
Visitors can also find fresh blackberries, blueberries, watermelons, corn, cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes and more produce that’s in season. Rosson sells its fruits and vegetables on site as well as at farmers markets in Lawrenceburg and Pulaski.
To contact the orchard and find out what’s in season, call (931) 629-4126.