Old Timers Festival Thank You
By Mayor Senna Mosley
It is a pleasure to extend my thanks to the community of LaVergne for their support of the 2011 Old Timers’ Festival, held September 16-18 at Veterans Memorial Park. This was our first year expanding it to a full-blown festival event and the overwhelming feedback we have received from our citizens has been very positive. If you’d like to see photos, scroll to the bottom of this post and we have a slide show!
While this list is long, please take time to read it so you can personally thank any of these wonderful people should you run into them in person.
On behalf of Parks & Recreation Advisory Board ChairmanTom Broekerand Festival Director Kathy Tyson, I want to first acknowledge our amazing city employees who patiently provided support services (including police support, planning, maintenance, logistics, human resources, and so much more). From parking to set-up, from staffing information booths to providing for public safety (and everything in-between), I thank each of you from the bottom of my heart.
Thanks to the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board members who first recommended expanding to a three-day festival. Under the leadership of AldermanTom Broeker, others who supported this endeavor are Leann Crawley, Bruce Eichbauer, and Michael Wilson. Special thanks to Laura Davidson, Deborah Edwards and Bob Simon who also dedicated many volunteer hours on-site to make everything work.
I am pleased to offer special thanks to our sponsors, our 17 local food vendors, the artists and crafters who participated, our schools and churches that provided the wonderful entertainment on Saturday and Sunday, and to the people of LaVergne who took advantage of the beautiful weather and came to enjoy the festival.
Additionally, my sincere thanks to the following people and organizations that went above and beyond in helping us: Ayanna Blake, Helen Blankenship, Mike and Cathy Catanese, Cheyanne and Deborah Balthrop, Melissa Cooper, Neil Davis, William Haley, Roxanna Haynes, Julia Hill and Box 100, Ivy Hogan, Erica King, Kroger, LaVergne Middle School, LaVergne Rescue Squad, Craig Mayer, Keith Miller and the Heart of Tennessee Amateur Radio Emergency Service team, Margie Murphy, Sarah Nelson, Mark O’Neal and the Town of Smyrna, Albury Perry, Captain Bradley Pray and the Delta Troop, Mr. & Mrs. J.R. Sanford, Melissa Stover, Stephanie Tellez, Linda Tomlin, and reserve officer Travis Wilson.
Our stage performers were fabulous this year! Thanks to Tonya Knell who helped coordinate our entertainment on Sunday and to Alderman Broeker who helped immensely with the Saturday lineup. Also to our volunteer entertainers: LHS Choraliers, Debbie’s Dance Studio, Roy Waldron School,Jane Ascher& the Zumba Flash Mob, Lakeside Dance Team, Pastor Randy Berg, Miracle Baptist Boys, The Good News, Mastin Brothers and Knell Sisters, and James and Janet Keeton.
It does take the generous spirit and strong work ethic of a village to make a city shine!
Warm congratulations to our parade float winners: Pope’s Mulch and Dirt (1st), LaVergne Middle School Cheerleaders (2nd), and Days Journey Respite Care (3rd). All the floats in the parade were beautiful. Thank you again to our Grand Marshal Larry Flowers, the LaVergne High School Band, the LHS ROTC Color Guard, Tinkham Automotive, and Alexander Ford.
Congratulations also to our first pageant winners: Miss LaVergne Ashleigh Alford, Junior Miss LaVergne Jessica Pickle, Young Miss Maddie Smith, Young Mister Sammy Puleo, and Little Miss Natalia Jobe.
Finally, it is a pleasure to thank our sponsors whose generous donations funded the majority of the event:
Platinum Sponsors: Griggs & Maloney Inc. and Clear.
Diamond Sponsors: American Development Corporation, B&B Family Fireworks, SevernTrentServices, and TDS Telecom.
Ruby Sponsors: EcoWater Systems, Good Samaritan Health andRehab Center, Heart of Tennessee ARES, Hot Spot Tanning, Ingram, Jump Jump Bounce,LaVergneFirstUnitedMethodistChurch, Michael’s Homes, Motorola, and Sally Kent Photography.
Gold Sponsors: Air Conditioning Service, Inc., CTI Engineers, Inc., and Tire World of LaVergne, Inc.
Silver Sponsors: Betterliving Sunrooms, Buy Furniture Direct, Brindley Insurance, Dixie Homecrafters, Grace Church, Huddleston-Steele Engineers, Jackson Square Family Healthcare, Kroger 566, Norchip Drums, Signature Medical Weightloss & Wellness, and Southern Trophy House.
We are looking forward already to another wonderful event in 2012 and hope you mark your calendars now for next September.