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Fiddlers Grove plans Fall Festival

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The antique appraisal will feature well-known appraisers Bernice Denton, Connie Sue Davenport and Hollis McClanahan who will take a look at visitors’ items for $10 per item. Williams said the appraisal has been going on at Fiddler’s Grove for the past three years and is a fairly popular event.

Also, the festival will include Fiddler’s Grove’s first quilt show to bring quilters across Wilson County and from other counties together to create a considerable attraction. Williams said she hopes the show will be the foundation for an even larger event that will bring tourists to Lebanon to view the quilts and other works.

The quilt show will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and entries are $5 each. Visitors can enter their quilts, wall-hangings, placemats, table runners and other items. Prizes will be awarded, including a sewing machine. The show will be located in the East/West Building and anyone who brings two or more entries will gain a free pass into the festival.

A Miss Fall Festival Pageant will be held during the Festival for girls of all ages, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration for the pageant is at 9 a.m. and participants are asked to register before Oct. 18.

Contestants can enter the Beauty or Photogenic categories of the Pageant, or both. The entry fee is $25 for Beauty and $15 for Photogenic or $30 for both. Winners will receive a monogrammed sash, trophy and crown.

There will be plenty of attractions for kids as well, including a “best dressed” costume contest, inflatable bounce attractions, a train ride through the Grove, pumpkin painting and more. The “best dressed” contest will take place between 3:30 and 4 p.m. in the Town Hall.

A pumpkin baking contest will take place inside the Veterans Building and entries will be taken from 10 to 11 a.m. and judging to begin at 11. Entries can include all things pumpkin, such as pie, cake, bread, muffins, cookies, bars, rolls and cheesecake. First prize will be $10 in each category.

“We are so excited about the baking contest because that brings people from all over,” Williams said, noting that the festival and its events are not exclusive to Wilson County residents.

At 4, the Grove will be closed to visitors as they prepare for the after-dark festivities. They will be closed until 7 p.m. when the festival will transform into the “Ghosts in the Grove” event.

“At 7, we’ll have ghosts wandering through the Grove,” Williams said, who added there will be all sorts of volunteers participating as ghosts, including historical figures.

The tour will take groups of about 15 through the Grove to the various buildings and to hear ghost stories along the way in intervals of about 10 minutes.

“The only lights we’ll have out there are the gas lamps and lanterns,” she noted.

Entry to the festival is $5 per person, which goes as a donation to Fiddler’s Grove, and family passes are available for only $15 as well. For more information, you may contact Williams at 443-2626 or by email at

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