Viola Valley Stars and Stripes Festival kicks off at 9 a.m. this Saturday.
The June 25 event is presented by Viola Valley Homecoming Association and offers craft vendors, kids activities and games, concessions, antique engine display, a cruise in, five musical acts and fireworks. Association members transformed the traditional Viola Valley Homecoming into a new Viola Valley Stars and Stripes Festival.
“Commission members felt that things had gotten stale,” said president Trent Prater. “Hopefully, these changes will renew public interest in attending. It’s still our homecoming, regardless of the name change. Vendors have thanked me for the move from August to June due to the heat.”
Craft vendors open at 9 a.m., followed at 10 a.m. by kids activities, games, bounce houses, petting zoo, concessions, and antique engine display.
The cruise-in begins at 11 a.m., as well as registration for a kids’ cornhole tournament. The beanbag game has three categories, ages 6-8, ages 9-12 and ages 13-15, and cash prizes for the winners.
Live music begins at 11 a.m.
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Steven Potter and Seth Boyd, rock and country
1-3 p.m. – Cross Creek, bluegrass
3-5 p.m. – T.C. Bryant Band, Southern rock
5-7 p.m. – Halle Drue Smith, country
7-9 p.m. – On the Road Again Show, variety of genres
On the Road Again Show is a Viola mainstay. It features local residents lip-syncing some of their favorite songs and performing as those artists.
List of artists to be impersonated: Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers, Minnie Pearl, Gretchen Wilson, Johnny Cash and June Carter, Reba McEntire, Kid Rock, Patty Loveless, Dolly Parton, Luke Combs, Tanya Tucker, Soggy Bottom Boys, RaeLynn (Racheal Lynn Woodward), Elvis Presley, Kelly Clarkson, Marty Stuart, Laura Bell Bundy, Garth Brooks, Justin Moore, Blues Brothers and The Judds.
Fireworks are scheduled to light up the sky at 9 p.m.