“It’s quite a unique event,” said Dick Dickerson, president of the Adairville South Logan Chamber of Commerce, the group that sponsors the festival. “It’s one of the oldest events of its kind in the state.”
Each year, hundreds of people from all around come to Adairville for the week-long festival.
“It’s like a big homecoming,” Dickerson said.
The festival got started Saturday, but things really get going this Thursday, May 14, and the big day is Saturday, May 16.
On Thursday, Casey’s Rides and the Strawberry Shop open at 4 p.m.
Casey’s Rides will bring 12 or more rides to Adairville and armbands for unlimited rides can be purchased in advance for $28. Armbands are on sale until Thursday afternoon and can be purchased at City Hall, Barnes Insurance, Houchens IGA, Logan County Chamber of Commerce and Adairville Hardware.
Other activities on Thursday night include the Quilt and Barn Art Show at Living Word Church from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and music on the square. From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. there will be gospel singing featuring the Born Again quartet and at 7 p.m., the rock band Nick Riggins Ridgerunners from Nashville will take the stage.
Dickerson said the recently renovated square will be an even better place for the music this year thanks to the addition of the new bandstand.
Even more activities are planned for Friday. Casey’s Rides open at 4 p.m. The Kiddie Parade is at 4:30 p.m. and the Kid’s Pet Show and the Adult’s Pet Show are at 5:30 p.m. The Quilt Show will be open from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and music on the square will be gospel singing with the Link Family from 5:30 to 6 p.m. and Mostly Bluegrass at 7:30 p.m.
The big day for the festival is Saturday, May 16 with events going on from morning to night.
“I think everybody is excited about Brenda Lee coming,” Dickerson said. “And we’re gonna have a huge parade this year.”
The day begins with the Pancake Breakfast at the Adairville School from 5:30 to 9:30 a.m. At 9 a.m., vendors open on the square and Dickerson said there will be probably 100 or so with everything from jams and jellies to arts and crafts.
The Baby Show will be held at the Adairville School at 10 a.m.
At noon, the Dignitaries Reception will be held at Adairville Baptist Church and at 1:45 p.m. is the always popular Jackson Dickinson Duel reenactment.
The parade will begin at 2 p.m. and following the parade there will be a special presentation to Brenda Lee on the square at 3 p.m.
Dickerson said having Brenda Lee, one of the most well-known female recording artists of all time, coming to Adairville for the festival is a huge honor.
Music Saturday on the square will include The Main Stage from Springfield, Tenn., at 3:30 p.m., karaoke from 4:30 to 7 p.m. and The Todd Bolton Band from Springfield, Tenn. at 7:30 p.m.
“We think this is going to be one of the biggest Strawberry Festivals we’ve had,” Dickerson said. He praised the many people involved in planning the annual event as well, saying they have all worked hard and are doing a great job.
Dickerson said they hope everyone will come down and enjoy the festivities in Adairville this week.
“This is really a special festival,” Dickerson said. “It’s like Americana. It’s like stepping back in time to say 50 years ago. It’s something anybody, from a little baby to 100 years old, can enjoy.”