Destinations & Diversions: 'Fairest of the Fair' to be chosen this weekend

Thursday, July 13, 2017

The annual 'Fairest Of The Fair' pageant will be held Saturday at Shelbyville Central High School.

Youth divisions will begin at 11 a.m. and run through the afternoon:

• Girls 0-11 months, 11 a.m.;

• Girls 12-23 months, 11:30 a.m.;

• Girls 2-3 years, noon;

• Girls 4-5 years, 1 p.m.;

• Girls 6-7 years, 1:30 p.m.;

• Girls 8-10 years, 2 p.m.;

• Girls 11-12 years, 3 p.m.;

• Married women of any age, 4 p.m.;

• Girls 13-15 years, 5 p.m.

The Miss Bedford County Fairest Of The Fair pageant, for ages 16-20, will be at 6 p.m.

Winners will appear at the 20th Annual Bedford County Fair, July 24-29 at Bedford County Agriculture and Education Center on Midland Road.

Spectator admission for the pageant is $5 for ages 13 and up, $3 for ages 6-12.

Other pretty fair places to be this week:

Ronnie McDowell

Ronnie McDowell will appear 7 p.m. Friday at Bell Buckle Banquet Hall, with opening act 2 Country 4 Nashville. McDowell is an accomplished singer and songwriter in his own right, with hits such as "Older Women" and "You're Gonna Ruin My Bad Reputation." He's also known for his remarkable vocal impersonation of Elvis Presley, in McDowell's breakout song "The King Is Gone" and in the soundtrack of several Elvis-related movies and TV shows. He's appeared several times in Bell Buckle in recent months, to rave reviews.

McDowell is also an accomplished painter, under contract to the Walt Disney Company.

For more information, call 615-427-1925 or go to

Ice cream supper

Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church, the white church on the top of the hill between Shelbyville and Wartrace, has hosted an ice cream supper fundraiser for decades. This year’s event will take place Saturday starting at 5 p.m., with hamburgers, hot dogs and homemade ice cream.
T-G File Photo by John I. Carney

Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church, between Shelbyville and Wartrace on Mt. Olivet Road, will hold its annual ice cream supper Saturday starting at 5 p.m. The traditional event, which has been held for decades, offers hamburgers, hot dogs, homemade desserts, and numerous flavors of homemade ice cream. There will be children's games as well.

VFW music

VFW Post 5019, 1320 Wartrace Pike, will host its third Saturday singing from 6-9:30 p.m. on July 15. Doors open at 5:30. Music features James Smotherman & Friends, but musicians are invited to bring their acoustic instruments and singers. Admission is $3 and includes potluck meal. For more information, call 607-3149 or 684-2523.

Children's play

"The Best Christmas Pageant Ever," will be at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Fly Arts Center on South Main Street. The play is sponsored by The Fly Community Children's Theatre. Tickets are at For more information, call 684-8359.


Auditions for the Fly Community Theatre production of "A Doll's House," by Henrik Ibsen, will be 3 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, July 16, at the Fly Arts Center, 204 South Main Street. Roles are intended for persons ages 30-50. Actors should bring a résumé and a headshot, plus something to write with. Brenden Taylor will direct. Production dates are Sept. 8-9 and 15-17. For more information, call 931-684-8359.

Arts and crafts

Upcoming craft events at Shelbyville Recreation Center:

• Painting With Zeal: Owls, 5:30 p.m. today, for ages 10 and up, $7.

• Ladies Night Out Crafts: Tile Garden Fairy Door, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, for ages 10 and up, $5.

• Painting For Fun: Ceramic projects: 1 p.m. July 20, for ages 3 and up, $3.

Class sizes are limited and pre-registration is required by calling 931-684-9780.

Corvette Cruise-In

Lynchburg will host a Corvette Cruise-In event on Saturday in Wiseman Park. Call 615-772-5570 or email for more information.

Oaklands Summer Picnic

Oaklands Mansion in Murfreesboro will hold its summer picnic 6:30 p.m. Friday on the front lawn. The event will feature The Knott Brothers Band, Uncle Bud's chicken & catfish, spirits provided by Murfreesboro Wine & Spirits, and tastings from Prichard's Distillery.

In case of rain, the event will be held in Maney Hall.

Tickets are $75 and can be purchased at

'Ragtime: The Musical'

The Center For The Arts in Murfreesboro's production of "Ragtime: The Musical," based on the novel "Ragtime" by E.L. Doctorow, continues through July 23. The Tony Award-winning musical has a book by Terrence McNally, music by Stephen Flaherty and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens.

At the dawn of a new century, everything is changing... and anything is possible. Set in the volatile melting pot of turn-of-the-century New York, three distinctly American tales are woven together -- that of a stifled upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant, and a daring young Harlem musician -- united by their courage, compassion, and belief in the promise of the future. Together, they confront history's timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair, and what it means to live in America.

"It is a very challenging show and it has pushed and stretched me to become better -- artistically and personally," said Ryan Chavez, who portrays Coalhouse Walker. "Our country is divided in so many ways right now and the messages in this musical can easily relate to what is going on in the world today."

Performances run Friday and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. General admission tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, students, and military, and $11 for children.

Groups of 10 or more receive a $2 discount per ticket. Tickets are available at or by calling 615-904-2787. The Center for the Arts is located at 110 W. College Street in Murfreesboro.

Reined Cow Horse Classic

The East Coast Reined Cow Horse Classic started this morning and continues through Sunday at the Tennessee Miller Coliseum in Murfreesboro. Go to for more information. Classes start at 8 a.m. Friday and Sunday, 7 a.m. Saturday.

'Funny Girl'

Millennium Repertory Company's production of "Funny Girl" wraps up this weekend at the Manchester Arts Center with shows 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The musical, about the life of comedienne Fanny Brice, was made into a movie starring Barbra Streisand.

For tickets and more information, go to


The Arts Center of Cannon County's production of "Annie," on stage in Woodbury, continues through July 22.

The beloved musical, based on the classic, now-discontinued comic strip "Little Orphan Annie," tells the story of a cheerful, plucky orphan during the Great Depression who leaves a cruel orphanage and is taken in by wealthy and powerful Oliver Warbucks. Just as she's starting to bond with her adopted father, a couple turns up claiming to be her unknown parents. But is the news too good to be true?

Performances are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, with 2 p.m. matinees this Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets are $15, with discounts available for students and seniors, and can be purchased by calling 615-563-2787 or online at and (subject to availability) at the door one hour prior to show time.

Red, White & Brew

Nashville's Red, White and Brew Summer Fest will carry on its tradition of cold beer, local food and fun at a new location to mark its fifth year.

The event will be held from 2-5 p.m. Sunday at Tennessee Brew Works, 809 Ewing Ave. in Nashville.

Established in August 2013, the locally owned and operated Tennessee Brew Works is one of the region's top craft breweries, featuring a number of ales and seasonal brews, making it a natural fit for Red, White and Brews' laid-back mid-summer festival feel.

Admission is $30 and includes two drink tickets, a tour of the brewery, sliders and other snacks from some of Nashville best restaurants, games, darts and a great patio space to bask in the summer sun. Wine will also be available, and music will be provided by a few of the area's most promising emerging artists.

Mafiaoza's will offer pizza for those in attendance, and Taziki's will be on hand providing Mediterranean fare. Musicians Lacy Green and Chap Bernet are slated to each give acoustic performances.

Proceeds from the event will support The Tomorrow Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, which builds community awareness and responsibility in Middle Tennessee young professionals by establishing a pattern of community service and charitable giving.

Tickets for Red, White and Brew can be purchased online at