Con­tests, crafts, music and a cruise-in at Ring­gold's 1890's Day Jam­boree.

The 1890’s Day Jam­boree starts in Ring­gold on Fri­day night

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If it’s Me­mo­rial Day week­end, that means it’s time for the 1890’s Day Jam­boree in Ring­gold, Ge­or­gia. It’s a tra­di­tion 40-plus years in the mak­ing.

Ev­ery­thing charm­ing about a small- town event — pageants, food and crafts ven­dors, dance con­tests, pa­rade, classic car show and fire­works fi­nale — is wrapped into this street fes­ti­val.

Fam­ily Fun Fri­day sets the mood for a whole­some, fam­ily- f riendly event with music on three stages be­gin­ning at 6 p.m. Four­teen gospel acts will sing ei­ther on the Moun­tain View Stage at Cleve­land Street or the Wal­ter Jack­son Chevro­let Stage on the court­house lawn.

Spin­ster and Jor­dan Hal­lquist will per­form at 6 and 7 p.m, re­spec­tively, on the Ring­gold Tele­phone Co. Stage on Nashville Street be­fore head­liner and home­town sons Smith & Wes­ley come on at 8 p.m.

Broth­ers Scott and Todd Smith are a coun­try music act whose sin­gles “You’re the One” and “Sweet Life” cracked the top 25 on the Music Row Break­out chart. Scott de­liv­ers lead vo­cals and plays acous­tic gui­tar; Todd plays acous­tic gui­tar, har­mon­ica and sings har­monies. They’ve opened for Florida Ge­or­gia Line, Alan Jack­son and Old Do­min­ion. Their new­est sin­gle is “The Lit­tle Things.”

The 25th an­nual 1890’s Day Jam­boree Pageant is also Fri­day night in Pa­triot Hall, 320 Em­ber­son Drive. Girls wish­ing to com­pete must reg­is­ter be­tween 3 and 5:30 p.m. Fri­day af­ter­noon. For more in­for­ma­tion on the pageant, con­tact Pam Cham­bers, 423718-0303.

A dance and f id­dle con­test kicks off Satur­day’s fun at 9 a.m. be­fore the 11 a.m. pa­rade through down­town Ring­gold (lineup be­gins at 9 a. m. on Robin Road.)

The cruise- in is held through­out fes­ti­val hours Satur­day in the park­ing lot of Ring­gold First Bap­tist Church, 7611 Nashville St.

Music con­tin­ues af­ter the pa­rade at noon on the Cleve­land Street stage.

At t he court­house stage, Satur­day af­ter­noon’s music will be that of com­peti­tors in a banjo com­pe­ti­tion at 12:30 p.m., fid­dle com­pe­ti­tion at 1 p.m. and band com­pe­ti­tion at 3:30 p.m. Dancers take over the stage at 5 p.m. for the in­di­vid­ual dance com­pe­ti­tion fol­lowed by a team dance con­test at 7 p.m.

Fi­nal­ists from the fid­dle com­pe­ti­tion will com­pete in a Fid­dle-Off at 8 p.m.

The fire­works fi­nale will light up the sky af­ter Satur­day’s last mu­si­cal per­for­mance, about 10 p.m.

For com­plete sched­ules:


A crowd lis­tens to a band play at the court­house stage dur­ing a prior 1890’s Day Ja­boree.

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