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A rootin', tootin' good time
Viola Valley Homecoming provides day full of fun
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The River Chase Posse offered a Wild West reenactment during this years Viola Valley Homecoming. After providing children with gun safety advice, a group staged a bank robbery and had a shootout with the sheriff.

From the parade at 10 a.m. to the musical entertainment that evening, Viola Valley Homecoming last Saturday drew a large crowd.
“Viola Valley Homecoming went well,” said Kevin Deason, one of the event organizers. “The only complaint I heard was about the heat, but it’s better than rain.”
The event started at 10 a.m. with a parade through downtown Viola, followed by opening ceremonies. While the posting of the colors were made by Warren County High School JROTC, the national anthem was sung by Sain Smith.
River Chase Posse, an Old West reenactment troupe, delighted the crowd with a gun safety show, a staged bank robbery, and finally a shootout with the sheriff when the Bart Gang came to town. The troupe is dedicated to the memory of Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, John Wayne and all the movie and TV Western stars of yesteryear and has a mission to keep the history of the Old West alive.
Along with demonstrations by a sheepherder and WCHS Pioneerettes, Color Guard and Winter Guard, numerous displays were offered including a vintage car display, gas engine display, general store, modular train display, new vehicle display, and a button display by the Tennessee State Button Society and the local General John Coffee Button Club.
One of the clothing button enthusiast was Burrell F. Sullivans Jr., who brought his collection of buttons from WWII and military schools.
“I’m a history nut,” said Sullivans, when asked why he collects buttons. “I’ve always been a history buff. I like collecting buttons. Not only can you learn the history of the button, you can research the company that made it. Because they made changes to their buttons over the years, you can determine what year a specific button was made. It’s interesting to me.”
So if you collect buttons or just want to learn more, the General John Coffee Button Club meets on the third Thursday of each month at Morrison Public Library at 10 a.m.  The next button exhibit will  be at Wayside Community Center on Aug. 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The evening’s activities included a pedal pull, karaoke competition, and a homemade ice cream competition. Winners in karaoke were in Wednesday’s edition of the Southern Standard. Champions in ice cream were Gail Youngblood, first place, and Cory Griffin, second.
Notably missing from this year’s festivities was the tractor pull. Due to scheduling difficulties, the pull will be held Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. The event is sanctioned by the Middle Tennessee Pullers Association will have a sanctioned class and a non-sanctioned class.
The On The Road Again Show ended the day with a fun talent presentation.