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Preparations underway for Old Timers Day

Posted on Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 9:39 am


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Mother and daughter team Rhonda Steele, standing, and Virgie Choate were busy Thursday morning decorating each corner to get Manchester’s public square ready for Old Timer’s Day, which takes place Friday evening and all day Saturday. (Staff photo by Brian Mosely)

Preparations are underway in downtown Manchester to decorate for the upcoming Old Timers Day weekend.

Manchester’s Old Timers Day parade Grand Marshall this year will be local personality Sally Berryman. The theme for the 2016 event is “Honoring Our Hometown Heroes,” and will include $500 in total prizes.

“We have music and activities all day for free,” said OTD board member Rhonda Steele.

“At high noon, we have a Wild West Shootout reenactment by Riverchase Posse.  Free games for kids and adults, free train rides, petting zoo, FROYO eating contest,” she said.  “Come join us in celebrating our history.”

Being honored this year will be Manchester Police Department Captain Dwight Vandergriff, Manchester Fire Department, Emmett “Casey” Wright, Coffee County Sheriff’s Department Pam Freeman, 911 Communication Center director Dianne Argraves, Coffee County Rescue Squad’s Neal Simmons, Coffee County Ambulance Service’s Tommy Grey, New Union Volunteer Fire Department’s Jeff Tomes, Hickerson Station Volunteer Fire Department’s Gene Nickles, Hillsboro Volunteer Fire Department’s Keith James, a member of Summitville Volunteer Fire Department and North Coffee Volunteer Fire Department’s James Teal.

“We have over 70 food/craft vendor booths,”  Steele said. “We are still accepting parade entries.”

For more information, call (931) 273-1382, visit Manchester Old Timers Day on Facebook or email


Friday night, Oct. 7

7 p.m. Awards ceremony for the longest active emergency workers for Coffee County, Manchester and Tullahoma

8 p.m. East of Nowhere – Teresa Lochart and Jeff Soule


Saturday, Oct. 8

9 a.m. – Prayer, Kenny Tweet

National Anthem – Amanda Wood

10 a.m. – Parade – with the hometown heroes.

Grand marshal is Sally Berryman.

11 a.m. – Macy Tabor

Noon – Wild West Shootout presented by Riverchase Posse

1 p.m. – Amanda Wood

2 p.m. – Baylee Farris and Deanna Seculich

3 p.m. – Rhythm Express Cloggers

3:30 p.m. – Wee Actors Guild of Manchester presentation.

4-4:30 p.m. – Dixie Dancers clogging

4:30-5:15 p.m. – Heather Ann Stephenson

5:15 p.m. – By Faith Gospel singing

Free train rides and petting zoo will be all day long.

Kids games begin at 1 p.m. and is sponsored by LKQ.

The Coffee County-Manchester Public Library will be videotaping your memories of days gone by in Coffee County.

If you have a memory you would like to share, visit the library through Oct. 7 at the library and Oct. 8 on the square during Old Timer’s Day.