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The Fall Heritage Festival returns to Cowan Sept. 20-22 for the sixth year, filling the Cowan Railroad Museum Park with art, history, music, food, and tons of free activities for kids of all ages.

The free community-driven event celebrates the region’s traditions and history as well as showcasing the continuing talents, creativity and diversity of its residents.

This year features a free Kids Zone, a cruise-in, a beauty pageant, historical demonstrations and living history, vendors, arts and crafts, entertainment and, of course, festival food.

“This festival is a gem that many people overlook,” said Mark Ledbetter, chairman of the festival. “There is truly something for everyone at the Fall Heritage Festival.”

Highlights of the festival schedule include fireworks on Friday and Saturday evenings; a cruise-in featuring a Smokey and the Bandit convoy on Friday; a “Celebrity Cornhole Challenge,” and some of the best live music around.

Bad Nayber kicks off the entertainment at 5:30 p.m. on Friday night on the Monterey Stage with focus on danceable rhythm and blues, rock and country.

The cruise-in will be held from 5-9 p.m. Make plans to be downtown when the Smokey and the Bandit convoy arrives at 5 p.m. to kick off the event.

At 6 p.m., the Fall Heritage Festival beauty pageant will commence.

Saturday night entertainment on the Bandstand Stage will feature Jackwagon with the band’s danceable funky blues rock; Cody McCarver (formerly of the Confederate Railroad Band); Cagney Frizzell; and headliner Whey Jennings, the grandson of legendary music performers Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter.

Other performers on Saturday include the Double Shot Band and a special “Salute to the Veterans” presentation by students from Cowan Elementary School.

Sunday musical performances will feature Worth the Struggle, The Sims Family, and Stillwater Bluegrass.

“We’re excited about the Kids Zone,” commented Stephanie Powers, coordinator of the area.

The train rides are always a big hit and will be offering free rides Saturday and Sunday.

The Balloon Man will also be appearing on Saturday.

In addition, the festival will have:

• Home Depot and Interlocal Solid Waste Authority booths with crafts for the kids.

• a THP Rollover exhibit.

▪ a First Franklin Financial booth with games and a coloring contest.

South Cumberland State Park will have a special demonstration on Sunday.

“We are proud of our festival and community,” Cowan Mayor Joyce Brown said. “We encourage everyone to come out and enjoy a great weekend of music, food, arts and crafts, vendors and so much more.”

The fun begins Friday at 5 p.m. and runs until 9 p.m. It resumes Saturday at 10 a.m. through 9 p.m.

Fireworks will be at 8:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Sunday hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The festival is free to the public and made possible by the generous donations from regional businesses and individuals.

For additional information, please see the festival’s web site at www.FallHeritageFestival.info or visit the Facebook page for the event.

For more information, send an email to info@FallHeritageFestival.info or call 931-563-3868.