After a year that saw Dickson County’s oldest and biggest community festival canceled for the first time in 60 years, the Old Timers Day Committee is working to bring the celebration back with a new date this fall.
The committee has selected Saturday, Sept. 25, for the return of Old Timers Day. The 62nd annual Old Timers Day was canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It was heart-breaking to have to call off the entire celebration but the committee believed it was in the community’s best interest due to the health risks,” said Old Timers Day Committee Chairman Joan Rial. “We were encouraged enough by the community’s response in fighting the coronavirus that we feel safe in scheduling Old Timers Day this fall.”
Rial chairs the eight-member committee that has overseen Old Timers Day for the last three years. Half the committee members are appointed by Dickson Mayor Don L. Weiss Jr. and half by Dickson County Chamber President Corey Albert.
The Old Timers Day Committee members are Rial, Councilman Horace Perkins III, Andi Arms, Paige Bumpus, Brandon Cardwell, Dan Smith, Pam Edmond and Elizabeth Kuhns. The committee is working with volunteers to organize this year’s celebration.
Rial has been director of the Dickson Senior Center since January 2017. Perkins, who has worked for Joel’s Body Shop over 25 years, has served on the Dickson City Council representing the Third Ward since 2011. Arms is a human resource generalist with Dal-Tile. Bumpus is the Kids Director at Cross Point Church. Cardwell is an agent with E4 Real Estate Group. Smith and his wife, Sharon, co-own House of Brews, House of Vines and Events on Main in downtown Dickson. Edmond serves as the assistant office and food bank manager at the Dickson County Help Center. Kuhns is an administrative assistant at Dickson Electric System.
As is traditional, the committee is booking musical groups for multiple stages to present a variety of performance styles throughout the day. The festival grounds centered around the War Memorial Building feature several stages and venues that will host musical acts.
The traditional parts of Old Timers Day will remain, including the parade through downtown. The grand marshals for 2021 will be the Dickson County Chamber and Stewart Lumber Company, both of which are celebrating their 100th anniversary this year.