2017-11-09 / Front Page

‘I’d Rather Be in Tignall’ Fall Festival starts at 10 a.m. this coming Saturday


Tignall’s new mural will officially be dedicated at 11 a.m. during this weekend’s Fall Festival. Tignall’s new mural will officially be dedicated at 11 a.m. during this weekend’s Fall Festival. Those in the greater Wilkes County area and beyond are invited to attend the 17th annual “I’d Rather be in Tignall” Fall Festival slated for Saturday, November 11, beginning at 10 a.m. on the old school grounds.

Admission is free to this full day’s worth of family-friendly entertainment, local vendors of every variety, and a smorgasbord of food choices. Returning favorites and even a few new activities will also take place throughout the day.

The festival will kick off with a welcome from Tignall’s mayor, Henry Brown, and Rev. Adam Denny will give the opening invocation. Following, Mike Wynne will sing the National Anthem.

Since the festival falls on Veterans Day this year, there will be a special recognition of all veterans present at 10:30 a.m. There will also be a special veterans display inside the old school lunchroom, along with antiquated photographs, newspaper clippings, and other documents that illustrate parts of Tignall’s history.

Following, a special twirling performance will take place.

At 11 a.m., a dedication of Tignall’s new mural will commence, however as a special treat University of Georgia Professor of Art Joseph Norman and his art students will take the stage, and will be honored for their handiwork in crafting the mural that has powerfully immortalized both the town’s heritage and roots.

The entertainment schedule is likewise full for the day, as Chris Rogers will perform at 11:10 a.m.; with Gwin Ware performing at noon; Michael Wynne at 1 p.m.; and Michael Smith and Anna Smith Howard performing at 2 p.m., with help from Reese Smith.

From handmade wreaths, soaps, knitted items, and everything in-between, there’s sure to be something for everyone at this year’s festival. Several kid favorites are also returning for another year of celebration, including the horse, train, and hay rides, along with facepainting and other hands-on events.

The ever-popular cake walk will also return, and continue until all baked goods are given away.

The North Wilkes Steering Committee will once again give out door prizes every hour, and those wishing to participate should sign up to potentially win upon arrival. Brand new T-shirts will also be available for purchase at the booth, and this year commemorative bricks may also be purchased in memory of a loved one, which will be placed into the walkway leading to the gazebo on the front lawn.

The annual quilt raffle will take place at 2:50 p.m., and tickets may be purchased at any time beforehand from the Tignall Homemakers Club.

A special candy corn guessing game will also be in play throughout the day. The first one to guess the correct amount will win $20.

All are invited to come and experience a fun day at the fall festival in Tignall, and for those who get there early, they can also eat a free pancake breakfast at Independence Methodist Church beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Guests are reminded that parking for the festival is located behind the church.

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