By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support local journalism.
Viola Valley Homecoming this weekend
Placeholder Image

Viola Valley Homecoming kicks off its Silver Jubilee this weekend. The event that has brought 25 years of family fun and entertainment begins Friday night.
“It’s impressive to me this has been going on for 25 years,” said Viola Valley Commission president Trent Prater. “With the event in its 25th year, that should make this weekend very special. I hope everyone comes out and enjoys themselves.”
It is estimated an average of 3,500 people crowd into Viola from Friday night through Saturday night.
“We usually get 2,000 to 2,500 people in to see the tractor pull on Friday evening and more than 1,000 throughout Saturday,” said Prater. “The tractor pull is our biggest draw. We do really well with it.”
The tractor pull is a Middle Tennessee Pullers sanctioned event, which is a big draw for competitors across the state. Classes include Hot Farm, Super Farm, Trucks and Hot Rod. Admission into the event is $5 for ages 6-12, $10 for ages 12 and up, and free for children under 6.
The two-day event will end Saturday night with The On the Road Again Show. The performance will feature 18 “musicians” who will look and perform strikingly similar to performers such as Kenny Rogers, George Strait, Reba McEntire, Tanya Tucker, Johnny Cash, Blues Brothers, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, The Judds, Jason Aldean and Lauren Alaina.
The On The Road Again Show began in 1986 when commission members were trying to decide what entertainment would draw a crowd. A demonstration of “musicians” was a big hit and the show took off.
“It’s amazing how many people follow the On The Road Again Show,” said Prater. “We have people come from all over to see this show. It’s a hit everywhere it goes. It’s a phenomena that I just can’t explain.”
Along with entertainment, there will be a wide array of vendors serving homemade items, such as cotton candy, ice cream and snow cones, as well as roasted corn, hamburgers, barbecue, and beans and cornbread.
“Come early and stay late,” said Prater. “You don’t want to miss a minute of this year’s event. If everything goes right, there will be cooler temperatures this year that will help make this an amazing 25-year celebration.”
Funds raised by the event go toward upgrades for future events and items needed by the town of Viola. In the past, funds from the event have purchased a fire hall building and a fire engine.