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September 1, 2013

A2 — HERALD-CITIZEN, Cookeville, Tenn. — — Sunday, September 1, 2013


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CityScape’s 18th annual Fall FunFest — Cookeville’s premier street event — is Friday and Saturday around the Courthouse Square in Cookeville.

Ready for some fall fun? By AMY DAVIS HERALD-CITIZEN Staff

COOKEVILLE — That slight chill in the air signaling the start of September means different things for different people. The end of summer. The start of the holiday season. But for folks in the Upper Cumberland, it also means Fall FunFest is near. And Toni Evans, executive director of CityScape, which puts on the event that draws more than 20,000 each year, couldn’t be more excited about what’s in store for Sept. 6 and 7 on the Putnam County Square. “We love this event,” she said. “It’s 18 years and going strong. It’s such a family- and community-oriented event that we all look forward to every year just like the rest of the community.” The free event offers something for everyone, she noted. “It encompasses barbecue and good food, both local and

nonlocal,” she said. “We have WCTE’s Stations of Imagination, which offers so much in the way of children’s activiFriday, 5 p.m. ties, and the inflatables where Festival Opens the kids can come out and Saturday, 7 a.m. jump and run off some energy. And then we have Teen World Fun Run with the skate park.” Plenty of music, too. “We feel like the music we offer is really something to look forward to every year,” she said. “It’s a great mix of things the whole family can come out and enjoy. No matter what your age, you’re going to find something there that’s going to appeal to you.” And with the event being in its 18th year, it’s definitely found its place in the community. “I think it’s very significant — probably one of the largest, if not the largest, community-wide events in the Upper Cumberland,” Evans said. “We draw from such a wide


range in the Highlands area. It’s also the fact that it’s free admission. We do what we can do to make it something that means something to the community as a whole.” And the atmosphere? “It’s electric,” Evans said. “That’s the best way to describe it. There’s so much energy and activity. People love to come out and enjoy what’s there and just be together. And I think the biggest positive is that it draws people together — it’s like coming together as a family.” How much fun can people expect to have? “Oh, we’re going to make up for all of the rain that we’ve endured over the past several months,” Evans said. “It’s going to all come together with great weather, great atmosphere, great food, great fun and great fellowship. It’s going to be our best Fall FunFest ever!” In addition to the good food, music and children’s activities, the festival also offers arts and crafts through the efforts of the Tennessee Association of Craft Artists. See FUN, Page 23

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FALL FUNFEST Everything you want to know about FunFest COOKEVILLE — When it comes to the Upper Cumberland’s premier street festival, Fall FunFest, there’s a lot to know. After all, it’s a big event with plenty of people on hand to share in the fun. Following is some helpful information concerning all the ins and outs for the 12-square block area.

no parking Keep in mind that most all the parking lots and spaces north of the Square begin closing at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday to accommodate the barbecue rigs coming into town for the Cook-Off competition. Also important to note is that parking spaces from Broad going north to Freeze, and going east and west from Staley to Washington as well as up to Freeze will be closed for the entire festival.

Street closings Street closings will begin first thing Friday morning and by 7 p.m. will encompass the entire Square area. However, Dixie will not be closed until Saturday morning for the FunFest 5K/10K. Here’s the schedule of street closings: Friday, 8 a.m. • Broad from Staley to Jefferson • Washington from Spring to Freeze • Madison from Broad to Freeze to 1st St. (pending

any funeral processions) • Boyd from Staley to Madison • Jefferson from Broad to Freeze to 1st St. (pending any funeral processions) • Freeze from Jefferson to Washington (and Dixie to Jefferson, pending any funeral processions) Friday, noon • Boyd from Staley to Dixie • Broad from Staley to Dixie • Jefferson from Spring to Freeze • Madison from Freeze to Spring • Jefferson from Reagan to Freeze to 1st St. (pending any funeral processions) • Madison from Reagan to Freeze or 1st St. (pending any funeral processions) • Spring from Washington to Dixie Saturday, 6 a.m. • 5K FunRun: Dixie from Broad to 1st St. for the FunFest runners Saturday, 6:30 a.m. • Curbside lane of northbound Willow Ave. from 7th to 12th Saturday, 7 a.m. • Broad from Dixie to Walnut • Walnut from Broad to 1st • Mahler to 1st and 7th See Info, Page 22

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Macy Dillard, left, and Dawson Dillard check out the DARE car with Lt. Mike Smith of the Cookeville Police Department during last year’s fall funfest.

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Teen World: The place to skate COOKEVILLE — Teen World was founded seven years ago in order to offer something for the teens to enjoy during the festival. Teen World is known most for its skate park, which consists of various ramps designed and built by teens in an area that is blocked off for safety. Because of the heavy use, the ramps have been showing some real wear and tear over the past several years. Last year, Toni Evans, CityScape director, contacted Alton Johns of Lowe’s in hopes of getting some help from a program offered by Lowe’s called Lowe’s Heroes. The premise of the program is that Lowe’s employees identify an improvement project for the betterment of the community in which they live. “We are so thankful that our Lowe’s friends chose to help Fall FunFest as their project in 2012,” Evans said. “The Hero’s grant provided building supplies at Lowe’s costs. There was even enough material leftover to build a new grind box for this year.” Lowe’s employees coordinated with Randy Mansell, shop teacher at Cookeville High School, and his shop class in order to repair the existing ramps last year. Again this year, Lowe’s stepped up to help, donating some other supplies to help finish the new ramp and paint and repair the older ramps. The CHS shop class, in conjunction with Tennessee Tech University students from the TTU Service Center, set the skate park up every year so that it’s ready to roll when the festival starts. For safety reasons, all skaters under the age of 16 are required to wear a helmet and have an adult sign a waiver. Helmets are available for rent for $1 each at the skate park for those who don’t bring their own.

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CityScape director Toni Evans talks with Cookeville High School carpentry teacher Randy Mansell about his class’s work on the skate ramps that will be used at Teen World during Fall FunFest.


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Barbecue and FunFest go hand in hand The cook-off has several meat categories, including chicken, pulled pork, pork ribs and brisket. A dessert category, too. The grand champion will take home $1,000 in prize money and then go on to compete in the KCBS national invitation event. “As far as our local contest, it just continues to grow,” Keifer said. “I think it’s a huge part of Fall FunFest and provides that whole barbecue experience, which is very competitive. And if you’ve never seen that before... it’s a whole other level of the street fair.” Some of the competitors are also food vendors — which means festival-goers can

judge for themselves who they think is the best. “People can go talk to the grillers, pick up a few tips, eat some good barbecue and then go listen to some great music and enjoy activities with the kids,” Keifer said. The cook-off heats up with a sausage category on Friday night, Sept. 6, and then the KCBS categories on Saturday, Sept. 7. “We’re really proud to carry on our parents’ legacy,” said Keifer, referring to her father as well as her mother, Dean, who died in 2010. “The cook-off has had a great history, and I hope it continues.”

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Do Rag Q of Nashville were the grand champions of last year’s cook-off. From left are team members Ram Trevino, Richard Finley and Mark Kirsch; Christy Lee, who presented the award; and team members Billy Carroll and David Wilson.


COOKEVILLE — As Fall FunFest gears up for its 18th year on the Putnam County Courthouse Square, many have one thing in particular on their mind. Barbecue. Which is true of Melinda Keifer, economic and community development coordinator for the City of Cookeville. But it’s also a family thing for Keifer and her sister, Julie Lee, as their father was there in the beginning of what has come to be known as “The Tony Stone Cook-Off” after his death in 2011. “Dad was mayor in the 1980s and started the event,” she said. “Back then it was called the Great Hamburger Cook-Off, and it was held at Tennessee Tech.” After a few years, the cook-off became a barbecue event. “It was Dad’s dream that we have an event that really focused on food and that sense of community,” Keifer. “He always loved grilling and families gathering around.” Then Keifer became executive director of CityScape, a position she held for 11 years,

during which time Fall FunFest was born. It wasn’t long after that the cook-off became part of the festival. “We combined the Cookeville Cook-Off and Fall FunFest and WCTE’s Stations of Imagination,” she said. Keifer explained that The Tony Stone Cook-Off isn’t just any barbecue contest — it’s sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society, of which Stone served as chairman of the board for several years. It’s the world’s largest organization of barbecue and grilling enthusiasts with more than 15,000 members worldwide dedicated to promoting and enjoying barbecue. The cook-off at Cookeville’s Fall FunFest is one of more than 400 barbecue contests sanctioned by KCBS nationwide. It’s a draw for people from all over, Keifer said. “We have 42 teams from six different states, and they’re pretty much competition teams,” she said. “You’ve got some that just do a regional circuit, but we’ve got teams coming out of Texas, California... They’re professional barbecue competitors. So, for our contest, you really have all levels.”

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FALL FUNFEST Competition heats up for Tony Stone Cook-Off COOKEVILLE — The Tony Stone Cook-Off is celebrating its 24th year this year, and the competition is pretty stiff. Melinda Keifer and her sister Julie Lee, as well as a host of other family members and friends, are taking the reins entirely after the passing of their father, Tony Stone. Tony and Dean Stone were wellknown and loved in the Kansas City Barbecue Society as well as locally for their community-minded spirits and giving back. The family is determined to make “Papa Tony” and “Mama Dean” proud. The following is a list of the competitors: • Adam’s Rib of Kodak • Ash Kickers BBQ of Kingsport • Backyard Kuisine of Clarksville • Bailey Smokers of Fyffe, Ala. • Big B’s BBQ TN of Springfield • Bubba and the Governor of Clarksville • Chicago Smoke of Chicago • Contagious Q of Kingsport • Cookin’ Possums of Knoxville • Critter Cookers of Nashville • Dry Holers BBQ of Midland, Texas • Gooby’s BBQ of Winchester • High on the Hog of Fayetteville • Hot Coals BBQ of Gallatin • House of Hickory of Nashville • House of Q of Springville, Ala. • Jiggy Piggy of Decatur, Ala. • JoBeaz Blazin’ Butts and Wings of Harvest, Ala. • Late Night Whiskey Smokers of Lynchburg • Legacy Smokers of Knoxville • Lotta Bull BBQ of Marietta, Okla. • Paradise Ridge of Nashville • Pull My Meat of Rockford • Q Smoke of Dickson • Q We Do of Powell • Ribs A Rockin’ of California • Rocketman BBQ of Lenoir City • Rooters-n-Tooters of Columbia • S&T Cookers of Murfreesboro • Smoke on This of Lenoir City • Smokin’ Fyrpit of St. Peters, Mis-

Will Overstreet enjoys an ear of corn at the cook-off during the 2012 Fall FunFest on the Courthouse Square.

souri • Snoring Hogs BBQ of Cookeville • Soggy Bottom Smokers of Corryton, • Sons of Smoke of Philadelphia • Swiggin’ Pig of Antioch • T-N-T of McMinnville • Team Allegro of Mt. Juliet • The Algood Bar-B-Q Pit Crew of Cookeville • The Big Orange Smokers of Springfield • Uncle Butch BBQ of Corryton • Wild Bunch Butt Burners of Atmore, Ala. The Tony Stone Cook-Off is sponsored by SouthEast Bank, Stone Steeel and Papa Tony’s Authentic Southern Flavor.

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McDonald: ‘The music man’ By AMY DAViS

main stage. “On Friday night we’ve got two R&B party-type bands because that seems to be what the crowd wants to see,” McDonald said. “When the sun goes down, we’ve had some good dances out there in front of the main stage with 200 or 300 people. It just depends on the music, of course, but we try to get something that’s high energy.” As for a headliner, McDonad and crew have booked blues player Guitar Shorty, who has played with such music greats as Ray Charles and Little Richard. “Guitar Shorty has played with every-


COOKEVILLE — He’s the man behind the music at Fall FunFest. The one who scouts out the bands that ultimately set the tone for a festive atmosphere of dancing in the street around the Putnam County Courthouse Square. “I enjoy doing it,” said Chad McDonald, cultural arts superintendent at Cookeville Performing Arts Center, who has been the FunFest “music man” for more than a decade now, having taken over for former entertainment committee chair Rick Woods. “He was the entertainment committee chair, and when he became director of Leisure Services he asked me if I’d take over that responsibility, so I’ve been doing that ever since,” McDonald said. And not just for FunFest — his work with CPAC keeps him busy with the Cookeville music scene year-round. “I’ve booked bands for Sundays in the Park — which is now called Third Thursdays in the Park — and also Brown Bag Lunch concerts and other events we have groups for,” he said. “So, it’s kind of the same thing for FunFest. Just a different event.” But when it comes to Fall FunFest, McDonald is quick to point out he’s not the only one involved in choosing the right music line-up. “I’m the chair of the committee, and there are anywhere from seven to 25 people I consult with to pick the groups because I don’t want it to be just what I want,” he said. “So, I’ll gather a lot of information. I’d say I’ve got a folder with about 300 emails in it right now just in the past year from groups wanting to play, or I’ll get phone calls or people stopping by. There’s just a lot of interest, and I can’t wade through all that myself. I just try to pick the top 10 or 12 I think we can afford and who would be a great fit for FunFest and then present those to the committee. Of course, they bring me groups, too.” McDonald said the committee is always

body,” McDonald said. “You may not know his name, but you’d know the people he’s played with. Does the name Jimi Hendrix ring a bell? He was Guitar Shorty’s brother-in-law. “He’s an excellent musician and great showman, so he’ll be good for the crowd,” McDonald said. Guitar Shorty takes the stage Saturday night at 8 p.m. following performances by the bands Spoonful at 12:30 p.m., Ditty Road at 2 p.m., Tennessee Backroads Band See MuSic, Page 8

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chad McDonald, cultural arts superintendent at cookeville performing Arts center, has been scouting out musical talent for the Fall FunFest main stage for more than a decade.

looking to book a variety of musical genres — something that’ll really get people’s feet moving. “Typically, we lean toward blues and R&B for the evening bands on Friday and Saturday,” he said. “For daytime groups on Saturday we’ve had a mixture — everything from Keltic to jazz to country to bluegrass and Americana.” The same variety holds true for this year’s festival on Sept. 6-7 as committee members strive to draw in another big crowd to the

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TACA in 13th year sponsoring craft area COOKEVILLE — The Highland Rim Chapter of the Tennessee Association of Craft Artists (TACA) has sponsored the craft area for 13 years at Fall FunFest. It’s something that TACA takes great pride in — and it shows. “The fact that the show is a juried show means that prospective participants have to submit four photographs or slides of their work,” said Toni Evans, director of CityScape, which sponsors the festival. “TACA members then review the submissions and choose those that they feel will really represent true craftsmanship. It is also important for there to be a variety of artists and different mediums such as wood turners, ceramic artists, jewelers, textiles, glass artists and more.” With only 22 spaces available, not all the applicants who apply get in. All participants aren’t necessarily TACA members either, but their work must meet the TACA criteria. “We do turn people down,” said Mike Whiteman of TACA. “We don’t want it to look like street fair kind of work. “Because we do have the TACA name attached to the event, we go by TACA standards going back to an emphasis on workmanship. You don’t just pay your money and get a space.” The Highland Rim chapter of TACA is one of five chapters in Tennessee with more than 100 artists involved from

Stephen Pasquale of the Cookeville Camera Club, left, looks at a print with Camera Club president Gary Moore at their booth at last year’s Fall FunFest.

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MUSIC: McDonald gets the music together for FunFest From Page 7 at 4 p.m. and Clarence Dobbins Revue at 6 p.m. Getting things started on Friday will be Carissa and Company at 6 p.m. and Soul Searchers at 8 p.m. McDonald looks forward to not only the music but the FunFest event itself — a draw

for more than 20,000 in the Upper Cumberland. It’s a kick-off to the fall season, he noted. “I know it’s always warm that weekend, but not too far beyond it starts getting a little cooler at night,” he said. “It’s a great festival to start September off with and just continue on with fall.”

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WCTE Stations of Imagination Walkaround Character Stage Schedule Honker 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Saturday

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Tina Turner, left, and Cayalyn Turner meet with Clifford the Big Red Dog at WCTE's Stations of Imagination at last year's Fall FunFest.

tary school librarians • 11 a.m.-2 p.m. — Storytelling • 11:30 — Stage 1 dancers and local storytellers • Noon — Lunch break • 1 p.m. — Zinghoppers • 1:30 p.m. — Peachtree Learning Center • 2 p.m. — Rhythm n Motion • 2:30 p.m. — Leisure Services Dance • 3 p.m. — The Centre Dance • 3:30 p.m. — CHS Dance Team • 4 p.m. — Zumba dancers • 6-9 p.m. — Silent Disco

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‘We couldn’t do it without you!’ COOKEVILLE — It’s something the Upper Cumberland community looks forward to every September — Fall FunFest. The event, sponsored mainly by Cookeville’s Main Street program CityScape, along with the City of Cookeville, attracts more than 20,000 people. But Toni Evans and Jackie Duncan of CityScape, who work on the event all year long, are quick to point out they couldn’t do it without support from many different segments of the community. “After 18 years, the festival seems to have a life of its own!” Evans said. Duncan added, “We are so blessed that we have all these people helping us, and we are like a family.” Here are some of the folks who make Fall FunFest a reality: CityScape board members A 13-member board of directors pull together to take on the responsibilities of hosting the festival and manning various areas. City of Cookeville Cookeville Electric Department, Cookeville Fire Department, Department of Leisure Services, Cookeville Police Department and Public Works all provide critical support and services for the festival. Cookeville Cook-off Some 15 volunteers work together to ensure that everything from handling entries to the layout of the competition is taken care of. Started by “Papa Tony” Stone many years ago, the family proudly carries on the tradition.

Cookeville-Putnam County Clean Commission Headed up by director Lisa Luck and volunteers from the CHS Interact Club, Boy Scouts, and the Clean Commission board of directors, this group is diligent about recycling and keeping the event litter-free. Cardboard, aluminum and plastic are all See VolunteerS, Page 18


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the Fall FunFest committee admires the event t-shirts for this year’s festival. they are, in front, from left, Jackie Duncan, CityScape assistant director; Jen Webb, leisure Services; toni evans, CityScape director; Chad McDonald, leisure Services; and, in back, Sgt. Calvin Anderson, Cookeville Police Department; Josh owen, tennessee tech university Army rotC; lt. Bruce Womack, Cookeville Fire Department; Cindy Putman, WCte-tV; Zach ledbetter, Cookeville Communications; lisa Fuller, Progressive Savings Bank; and Mike Whiteman, tACA arts and crafts area. Planning is well underway as the event comes up Sept. 6 and 7 at the Putnam County Courthouse Square. Fall FunFest is presented by operation CityScape. For more information, visit or


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FALL FUNFEST Main Stage Schedule


Friday • 6 p.m. — Carissa and Company • 8 p.m. — Soul Searchers Saturday • 12:30 p.m. — Spoonful • 2 p.m. — Ditty Road • 3 p.m. — Cook Off Awards • 4 p.m. — The Tennessee Backroads Band • 6 p.m. — Clarence Dobbins Revue • 8 p.m. — Guitar Shorty

Guitar Shorty, headliner for this year’s Fall FunFest, will play the blues on the main stage Saturday night at 8.


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FALL FUNFEST Guitar Shorty musical headliner for FunFest

Guitar Shorty will be on the main stage Saturday at 8 p.m.

Guitar Shorty, also known as David Kearney, was born in Houston, Texas, but was raised in Kissimee, Fla. As a young boy he would sneak into his uncle’s room and try to play his guitar. He was so small his hands didn’t fit around its neck, so he would lean it against the wall and play it like a stand up bass. When other kids were in high school, Shorty was a student by day and a working musician by night. One evening when he went to work the marquis read “The Walter Johnson Band featuring Guitar Shorty� — the name he would go by from then on. Right out of high school at the age of 16, Shorty joined Ray Charles and his band for a year. At the age of 17 he recorded a single under the direction of Willie Dixon on the Cobra label. When Shorty was lured away to play with Guitar Slim, he moved to New Orleans. In New Orleans, Shorty fronted his own group that became the house band at the legendary Dew Drop Inn. There he played with greats such as T Bone Walker, Big

Joe Turner and Little Richard. It took a job with Sam Cooke to get 19-year-old Shorty on the bus and on his way to the West Coast. Shorty lived and worked in both Los Angeles and Canada until 1961, when he met his wife, Marcia, in Seattle. When Shorty married Marcia, he also got Jimi Hendrix, Marcia’s brother, for a brother-in-law. The young Jimi Hendrix came to see Shorty play often and they were friends until Jimi’s untimely death. Like a Texas tumbleweed, Shorty rolled back to the Los Angeles area in 1971, and Los Angeles has remained his home. He cut his first full album and got his first W.C. Handy Award while living there. Since that time Shorty has recorded several albums for the Black Top label and is currently signed to Evidence Records. He often jams at local clubs with former members of the Eagles, Steely Dan, and calls local blues artist Keb Mo a personal friend and fan. He continues to capture audiences with his sincerity, energy and rocking/blues style.

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Carissa and Company will take the main stage at Fall FunFest on Friday at 6 p.m.

Carissia does more than just sing Carissia is a professional singer/songwriter, entertainer, and lecturer with more than 20 years of touring experience. She currently performs R&B, blues, jazz standards and original music with a full band, Carissia & Company, and promotes “Live Music in America” presentations. Carissia

is an educator with a bachelor of business administration degree from Belmont University, a master of arts degree in instructional leadership, a master of arts degree in curriculum and instruction, and an EdS (specialist in education) degree from Tennessee Tech University.

Tom Malone Tom Malone is a professional guitarist with more than 50 years of musical touring and performance experience. As a retired Navy chief petty officer, Malone has performed for global military events as well as with local and regional bands out

of Nashville, highlighting the music of R&B, blues, jazz, Top40 and more. He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University with an English and political science degree. He is also an active musician with Carissia & Company.

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Cookeville’s own “Sheep Trick” performs at last year’s Fall FunFest. They are, from left, Steve Law, Eric Howard, Dale Ballinger, Skeeter Flowers and Randy Mansell.

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Spoonful trio serves up the blues Spoonful is a blues-based trio from Cookeville featuring Danny Birdwell on bass and vocals, Richard Crabtree on drums, and Greg Ford on guitar and vocals. Spoonful draws from traditional

blues artists such as Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf, as well as more contemporary artists like Eric Clapton, John Mayer, Stevie Ray Vaughan and ZZ Top.

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The Soul Searchers will perform Friday night at 8 p.m.

Soul Searchers bring energy to 60s-style soul The Soul Searchers are an eight-piece, classic ‘60s-style soul and R&B band complete with horns, dark suits and energy to spare. The Soul Searchers play nothing but the greatest hits of that magical era, including tunes by Wilson Pickett, Sam and Dave, Stevie Wonder, Otis Redding, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight and virtually every other major rhythm and blues artist of the day. What sets The Soul Searchers apart from other bands is the level of musicianship and professional experience. The band members are some of Nashville’s top players, having played with such well known artists as Bonnie Raitt, Van Morrison, Taj Mahal, Wynonna, Dave Mason, Lyle Lovett, and Delbert McClinton.

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The Soul Searchers have also served as legendary guitarist Steve Cropper’s backup band on numerous live performances. The Soul Searchers serve up authentic and high-spirited versions of all the best soul and R&B hits of that golden age: “Mustang Sally,” “Sittin’ On the Dock of the Bay,” “My Girl” and more. Looking sharp in suits and ties, the Soul Searchers are dedicated to inducing audiences to have as much fun listening and dancing to this great music as the Soul Searchers clearly has performing it. The Soul Searchers never fail to enjoy a wildly enthusiastic response, whether they are playing a corporate function, a wedding reception, private party, or appearing at one of Nashville’s hottest nightclubs.

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Bands from all over, and playing all styles of music, play the FunFest. Ty Kernea | Herald-Citizen

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Downtown merchants Once a year, these businesses and profesTACA sionals are “invaded” by the festival and re- Mike Whiteman and a group of dedicated spond with great hospitality. Highland Rim members handle all aspects of putting on a high-quality, juried show and Putnam County have been involved in the festival for more The Sheriff’s Department, as well as Put- than 10 years. nam County Emergency Management/Services, provides support for the festival and Tennessee Tech University has an on-site presence. TTU as a whole provides much support in Sponsorships Businesses/individuals that support the festival financially are Paul Bailey, Baymont Inn, BB&T/ Legge Insurance, Coke, Cookeville Communications, Cookeville Regional Medical Center, First National Bank, First Tennessee Bank, Foothills Running Company, Herald-Citizen, Kroger, Lamar Advertising, Lowe’s, Madaris Siding and Windows, Papa Tony’s Authentic

the way of manpower for the event. In the Family Zone, Michelle Huddleston and students from the Service Center man the inflatables and skate park. The ROTC program sends some 42 volunteers whose presence is crucial in putting on the Run. In addition to those areas, a number of TTU departments and programs help in the WCTE Stations of Imagination. The Millard Oakley STEM Center and Par

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3 Technology, the Department of Chemistry, tivities for the children. TTU Athletics, Photo Services staff, the International Student Association, engineers Community partners involved with FIRST robotics, the LEGO Partners like Appliance Mart, Arcade challenge and minibaja competitors all part- Properties, Dunn’s Tire and Car Care Cenner with WCTE. ter, First United Methodist Church, Will Roberson, Walker Investments and White Volunteers Plains Golf Course help with items for the There are approximately 300 volunteers festival. who band together to bring Fall FunFest together. Many of these dedicated volunteers Food donors have been with the festival for more than 15 Last, but not least, the following food years. donors help feed all the 300-plus volunteers: Blue Coast Burrito, Char, Chick-Fil-A, WCTE-TV Coca-Cola, Firehouse Subs, Great Harvest, An integral part of the festival, Stations of Hometown IGA, IWC, Kroger, Olive GarImagination takes some 120 volunteers and den, Papa John’s, Sam’s, Stroud’s Barbecue, staff. Stations of Imagination takes up the Subway, and Wal-Mart in Algood and south end of the festival and offers free ac- Cookeville.

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The Tennessee BackRoads Band will take the main stage Saturday at 4 p.m.

Tennessee BackRoads Band sticks to country roots, Southern rock The Tennessee BackRoads Band consists of six musicians and singers. A couple of the members got their start through singing and playing for various events at church and developed friendships that resulted in the

formation of BackRoads Band. The band sticks pretty close to its roots, playing classic country, old country, new country and some Southern rock. The band performs for audiences across the

Upper Cumberland and the entire Southeast and have played venues such as The Gibson Showcase in Nashville, Gatlinburg, and venues on the FL/AL panhandle.

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FALL FUNFEST Ditty Road plays down-home acoustic folk blues drums for The Color Flag and Horse Of A Different Color. But it was the roots music that was in him. Since that time, he has played at The King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, Ark., The Ground Zero Blues Club and the Juke Joint Festival in Clarksdale, Miss., the Jammin at Hippie Jack’ Ameri-

cana Music Festival in Crawford, the Booze ‘n’ Blues Festival in Indianola, Miss., the Buffalo River Blues Festival, along with King’s Palace on Beale Street in Memphis, the Great Atlanta Blues and Music Festival and many more venues. LJK is quickly making a name for himself in the Southeast blues/folk scene.

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Ditty Road will be performing on Saturday at 2 p.m.

This down-home acoustic folk blues band was winner of the MCBS Bluesy Award for “Best Other Blues Instrumentalist of the Year” and Nashville Blues Award for “Best Specialty Instrumentalist of the Year” and was also nominated for “Acoustic Blues Act of the Year,” and “Acoustic Alley Blues” for Blues CD of the Year. Little Johnny Kantreed-Kat Starr was born and raised in the Nashville area. In the late ’70s, solo artists were a dime a

dozen in Nashville, so LJK packed up his powder blue Vega and moved to the Daytona Beach area of Florida, playing happy hours and opening for beach bands. Deciding that a steady paycheck would be a good way of life, he entered the radio scene and DJ’d morning drive times in Greenville, Ky., and Winchester, Va. Realizing he liked Tennessee better than the nomadic life of radio, he landed back in Nashville. Back in his hometown, he hooked up with a couple of bands, playing

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FALL FUNFEST Dobbins has sung with the best Singer, songwriter and entertainer Clarence Dobbins has a unique and powerful voice that sets him aside in a style of its own with such greats as Otis Redding, Sam Cook and Al Green. Dobbins still lives in Nashville, where he continues to breathe life into every event he plays, just as he has done for the past 30 years. When you think of entertainment with style, class and energy to keep your guests on the dance floor, “The Clarence Dobbins Revue” is always at the top of the list. The band is comprised of fluent musicians who have played for such artists as Al Green, Ray Charles, Pattie La

Belle and James Brown. Upon his discharge from the U.S. Marine corps Dobbins became the opening act for local artist Freddy Waters, where he performed at the Nashville hot spot The Bamboo Lounge. In mid-80s, he joined a local big band called the Kadillacs out of Franklin. As the lead male vocalist of the Kadillacs he was given opportunities to share his talent with some of the top names in the business — artists such as Amy Grant, Vince Gill, Doug Stone and Stevie Nicks. In 2000, Dobbins formed his own band “The Clarence Dobbins Revue.”

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Megan Ivey climbs the rock wall at Fall FunFest on the Putnam County Courthouse Square in 2012.

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Avery Owens, left, and Abbey Allen take part in the WCTE Stations of Imagination photo booth.

INFO: Everything you need to know about FunFest There is no charge for admission to the festival; however, there are inflatables and kids’ activities that require tickets in the • Willow from 7th to 12th Family Zone. Tickets can be purchased at • 12th from Willow to Dixie (5K route) • 12th from Willow to the turn near Walter the Information/Ticket Booth on the corner of Broad and Jefferson. Ln. and back (10K route) Additionally, WCTE has their own infor• Dixie from 12th to Broad All roads will re-open by 2 a.m. Sunday, mation booth located in the Stations of Imagination area in front of the Arcade Sept. 8. Building. 10K FunRun Emergency services The 10K race will traverse the same course as the 5K but will turn left onto W. 12th Emergency Services are on hand just in Street from N. Willow, go to Walter Lane, case any type of emergency should arise. turn around and come back on 12th Street to Emergency Command Center is located at Dixie where runners will turn south and then the intersection of Spring and Washington. Staffs from the other city and county emerto the finish line on Dixie. gency agencies that will be in attendance are Cookeville Fire Department, Cookeville PoPublic restrooms Port-a-johns will be located on Washington lice Department, Putnam County Sheriff’s next to Will Roberson’s office and on Madi- Department and Putnam County Emergency Services. son behind the Arcade Building. A complete map of the entire Fall FunFest layout is included in this publication. Refer Information booths to the map for further information. and ticket sales

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FUN: Festival begins Friday at 5 p.m. From Page 2 “The TACA Highland Rim chapter does a fantastic job of bringing in these artists,” Evans said. “They have a wide variety of mediums, and it’s a juried show, so it’s really top-quality. They make us look good.” A FunRun will get things started early on Saturday morning with more than 300 runners expected, rain or shine. “We are a rain or shine kind of event,” Evans said. What’s the best part of FunFest? All of it, according to Evans. “Each area appeals to me on some level,” she said. “You can’t possibly go wrong with the food, but every area is great. I love going down and watching those teenagers at the skate park, I love watching

those kids bounce on those bouncy houses, I love going to WCTE’s Stations of Imagination and seeing the characters and how much fun the kids are having there, and I love seeing people enjoying the barbecue cook-off. “And the music — when people start dancing in the street, that may be my ultimate favorite because it shows what a good time everybody’s having and makes it so satisfying for us for all the hard work of bringing this festival into being.” More than 300 volunteers make it happen. “It’s a huge, huge, huge endeavor,” Evans said. “We couldn’t possibly do it without the volunteers or the City of Cookeville and all their support and staff who help us with this.”





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