Scarecrows, “Lizard Lick Towing” and cranberries … it’s October in Johnson County.
October gives visitors and residents alike multiple opportunities to celebrate fall with fun, food and friends.
Already under way, Mountain City is ushering in fall with a quaint street lined with creative scarecrows. Beginning this week, scarecrows galore line Main Street to kick off the annual “Scarecrows on Main” event.
Lamp posts are adorned with fall decor and scarecrows, assembled and presented by area churches, businesses, clubs and groups, throughout the month of October.
“Participants began assembling the masterpieces as early as Monday morning,” said Karla Prudhomme, one of the organizers of the event.
“Everyone has been putting the finishing touches on a Spongebob scarecrow, a group of attorney scarecrows and even a ‘Preacher Crow,’ ready to deliver a sermon.”
The annual competition can also yield cash prizes, which will be awarded by a panel of visiting judges including Milligan College president Dr. Bill Greer, Lt. Gov Ron Ramsey and state Rep. Timothy Hill. There will also be a “people’s choice” contest winner.
For more information on the “Scarecrows on Main” contest, call 202-4386 or visit www.johnsoncountytnchamber.org.
Other autumn events coming up in Johnson County include a harvest festival at Shull’s Farm/Reece’s Produce on Highway 167 South in the Neva community Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 3 through 6. This festival will feature apple butter cooking, great food each day, as well as music, arts and crafts. Saturday and Sunday events will feature special guest, Big Juicy from TrueTV’s hit show, “Lizard Lick Towing.” For more information, call 727-0113 or 202-5181.
And on Saturday, Oct. 12, it’s time for the annual Shady Valley Cranberry Festival in beautiful Shady Valley. This festival includes live music, dancing, arts, crafts, antiques, Native American art, food, kiddie games and fun for the whole family. Visit www.facebook.com/pages/Shady-Valley-Cranberry-Festival/362095236749 for more information.