Despite other festival cancellations, Rogersville's Vintage Market set for June 27

Jeff Bobo • May 6, 2020 at 6:30 PM

ROGERSVILLE — The COVID-19 crisis is playing havoc with Hawkins County’s spring and summer festivals, including a couple of major ones like the Mount Carmel Block Party and the Rogersville Fourth of July Celebration, which have already been canceled.

Last week, however, the Rogersville Board of Mayor and Aldermen gave the OK for a new festival to take place downtown on Saturday, June 27.

The Rogersville Heritage Association’s inaugural Vintage Market Day was originally scheduled for April 18 but was postponed due to the pandemic.

RHA Director Melissa Nelson describes the event as a mini Heritage Days and “a unique, vintage-inspired outdoor market featuring original mixed media art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, home decor, outdoor furnishings, seasonal plantings, and consumable yummies (food).”

The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the deadline to enter a booth is June 15. For more information, call (423) 272-1961.

Also yet to be canceled is the first of Rogersville’s six monthly Cruise-In on the Square, events which is tentatively scheduled for May 22, the Friday before Memorial Day. 

Rogersville Chamber of Commerce Director Nancy Barker told the Times News Tuesday that the fate of that first Cruise-In will be determined within a week. 

Here’s the fate of other previously scheduled events:

Chamber’s annual golf tournament: The tournament, which traditionally takes place the first Saturday in May, has been rescheduled for July 18.

National Day of Prayer: The event is still scheduled to take place at noon on May 7 on Rogersville Town Square, albeit with the addition of social distancing guidelines. For more information, contact Rev. Sheldon Livesay at (423) 921-8044.

Memorial Day Service: The event remains scheduled for May 25. It is an annual tradition in Rogersville Town Square in front of the Hawkins County Courthouse sponsored by American Legion Post 21. America’s fallen soldiers are honored with prayer, music inspirational speeches and a 21-gun salute. For more information, contact Dennis Elkins at (423) 235-1165.

Appalachian Spring Festival: The Rogersville Arts Council event that was scheduled for June 6 at Cherokee High School is cancelled.

Doc Lyons Festival: The June 28 event has been canceled. The event honors Surgoinsville’s first mayor, Dr. Conner Lyons, who was also a physician who delivered many babies in town during his a career.

Ride Like Hale Bicycle Race: There is no word yet on any changes for the Aug. 15 bicycle touring event, which is a major fundraiser for the Chip Hale Center. The 10th annual Ride Like Hale offers three routes for all levels of riders; a 21-mile, a 36-mile, and a 62-mile metric century. All rides will start and finish at Hawkins Elementary School. The entry fee is $25. Registration will begin at 7 a.m. and the ride will start at 8 a.m. For information, call (423) 272-3966.

Surgoinsville Riverfront Festival: The Sept. 4-5 festival isn’t officially canceled, although Mayor Merrell Graham told the Times News Tuesday he doesn’t foresee the event taking place as usual. Graham said the tentative plan is to hold fireworks only at the park that attendees can watch in or near their vehicles, but that hasn’t been finalized.

As the time for all festivals nears, the Times News will report any changes or cancellations. 

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