The 7th Annual Fried Green Tomato Festival is planned for this Friday and Saturday, Sept. 7 and 8, in Niota.
The seventh annual Fried Green Tomato Festival is planned for this Friday and Saturday, Sept. 7 and 8, in Niota.
The Niota Depot Preservation Committee sponsors this event held in downtown Niota surrounding the oldest standing train depot in Tennessee, built in 1854. All proceeds from the festival go toward the continual restoration and upkeep of this historical building.
Friday’s activities start with a street dance beginning at 7 p.m., and a performance by the Kintala Belly Dance Group. There will be drawings for prizes throughout the evening and refreshments will be sold. That evening concludes with the showing of the “Fried Green Tomatoes” movie on the outside of the depot. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and your dancing shoes and enjoy this special evening.
Saturday is the official opening of the festival at 9 a.m., followed by a presentation of several “Quilts of Valor” to local veterans. Music will begin about 10 a.m. with C.J. Warren, a vocalist and keyboardist; the band, The Crew, will be next at 11a.m. and 1 p.m. In between will be another presentation by the Kintala Belly Dance Group. September Song, Heavenly Jubilee Singers, and Susanna Dotson, singer and guitar player, will round out the entertainment.
The festival will have a pancake breakfast on Saturday starting at 7 a.m. hosted by the Community Action Group of Englewood. There will be numerous other food booths – some with fried green tomatoes – and craft booths, a car show, and an antique tractor display. Children will find numerous activities including a video gaming truck, free to kids; a petting zoo; Little Pete’s train rides; bounce houses and other blow-ups; face painting; a karate demonstration and much more. The festival wraps up at 5 p.m.
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