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Tennessee Iris Festival Events
Tuesday April 28th
Chairperson: Dresden Elementary Principal Mike Laughrey, 364-3401
Bring your children up to 12 years old to DresdenElementary School from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. for a free game of Bingo. Fun prizes will be awarded! Please stay with your children while they play or make plans to pick them up at DES no later than 7:00 p.m.
Iris Festival Fun Bingo
Chairperson: Josh Pirtle, 514-1605
This is one of the most popular events of the week and offers many opportunities to win. The game itself is suspenseful and exciting, and the fun is topped by the great prizes you may win. Bingo is the place to be! Come to the new location Dresden Middle School Gym from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. to get in on the action. Admission is free. Must be 18 to enter.
Wednesday April 29th
Think you’re a good cook? Enter your prize-winning recipe, and let the judges decide. There is no cost to enter. Bring your baked dishes to the McWherterCivicCenter between 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. The judging will begin at 10:00 a.m.
Senior Citizen Luncheon
Bring a dish and enjoy a free potluck meal at 12:00noon at McWherterCivicCenter. Door prizes will also be given.
Come eat delicious pancakes at Dresden First Baptist Family Life Center served by the Men’s Ministry and Women on Mission before the community-wide church service from 5:00—6:45 p.m. Tickets will be $6.00 for adults, $4.00 for children 3-6 years old, and free for children 2 years old and younger. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance. All proceeds will be given to Santa’s Helpers. Please contact chairpersons with to purchase advance tickets.
Community Wide Gospel Singing
Enjoy community fellowship at DresdenFirstBaptistChurch at 7:00 p.m. with BethelUniversity’s Award-Winning “Renaissance Quartet.” Under the Direction of Matthew Holt, this group has encouraged and uplifted listeners with their unique style since the conception of the group in 2006. The group has traveled from coast to coast leading worship and performing in concerts of all kinds. The Renaissance Quartet won best new group at the 2009 National Quartet Convention in Louisville, Ky., as they bested 41 other groups in the competition. Since that contest they have been showcased in concerts at the convention. Don’t miss this great night of music!
Trinity Amusements Carnival
will be Wednesday, April 29, 2015. The carnival will run through Saturday, May 2, 2015. As always, the carnival promises fun rides and delicious concessions. Dresden Elementary, Middle School and High School students will be visiting the carnival during the Festival week.
Thursday, April 30th
Iris Festival Golf Tournament
Gather your golf buddies and make this 3-man scramble part of your Iris Festival celebration. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. and tee off will follow at 12:30 p.m. at Persimmon Hills Golf Course. Advance registration is required. The cost to play is $120 per team. Forms are available at First State Bank in Dresden, BancorpSouth, DresdenCity Hall or from any Dresden Rotary member. Cash prizes will be awarded and lunch will be provided free of cost.
Community Health Fair
Come to the West Side of Court Square in Dresden from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00noon as local health care providers give free health screenings and resource education.
Fairy Tale Feast
Bring your children to visit with their favorite fairytale characters at DresdenElementary School cafeteria from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. Admission to this event is free, and refreshments will be provided.
Come to the Dresden Farmers Market at TerryOliverPlaza and check out the latest fashions from Northwest Tennessee! The show will begin at 7:00 p.m. This year, we will be featuring stores from Dresden and several surrounding towns. Wear your latest knock-out outfit, sit back, relax, and enjoy our show! Tickets can be purchased in advance from Urban Designs; advance tickets are $5.00. Tickets will be sold at the door for $8.00. Also, this year we are offering VIP tickets for $12.00. VIP tickets include reserved parking, reserved seating, complimentary refreshments, automatic entry to door prizes, and recognition for the VIP individual or business. Free admission for children 5 years of age or younger.
Whether you enjoy quilting as a hobby, a trade or simply enjoy viewing the pieces other people have made, you should make a point to come by the McWherterCivicCenter between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Advanced registration for entry is required. To register, please take your quilts to the McWherterCivicCenter on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. for qualified entry.
Friday, May 1st
Enjoy a wonderful meal prepared by the United Methodist Women at the DresdenFirstUnitedMethodistChurch from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for $8.00.
Tennessee Iris Festival Iris and Horticulture Show
Bring your favorite plants, flowers, and mixed arrangements to DresdenFirstUnitedMethodistChurch. Entries will be taken from 7:30 – 9:30 a.m., and judging will begin at 9:45 a.m.
This event is open to public viewing from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Entries and awards must be picked up by 4:00 p.m.
The show continues from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the McWherterCivicCenter
See event under Thursday, May 1st for more information.
Tennessee Iris Festival Music Fest
Come to the Dresden Farmers Market at Terry Oliver Plaza and enjoy a great night of food, hot rods, antique cars, and live music, featuring “Leaving Sunday,” “Roadhouse 54, Matt Wolf, and others. Festivities begin at 6 p.m.
Saturday, May 2nd
5K Race, 2 Mile Walk, 1 Mile Kids Fun Run, & .25 Tot Run
The races will be held right off the Dresden Court Square at the corner of Main Street and Poplar Street in Dresden. The first 75 entries, 5K only, will receive a grab bag. 5K Race is $15.00 in advance (deadline April 15th) or $20.00 on the day of the race beginning at 8:00 a.m., 2 mile walk $10.00 beginning at 8:00 a.m., 1 Mile Fun Run, for kids ages 5—12 years will be $10.00 beginning at 7:30 a.m., and 5 and under Tot Run $8.00 immediately following the 5K. For Registration form please visit tennesseeirisfestival.net.
Tennessee Iris Festival Parade
Find your favorite spot along the parade route to see this year’s entries and our wonderful dignitaries, royalties, and honored guests as they parade through Dresden in celebration of the 36th Annual Tennessee Iris Festival. The parade begins at 10:00 a.m. You can find a highlighted map of the parade route in this booklet. Advance registration for entry is required by Friday, May 1, 2015. Entries forms available at First State Bank, Dresden and at tennesseeirisfestival.net.
Parade Yard Party Competition
The Tennessee Iris Festival Executive Board invites the homes and businesses along the Parade route to make the Parade even more festive by hosting a “Yard Party” during the Parade. If you do not live along the Parade route and want to host a party combine your hosting skills with someone who does for a morning of celebrating this year’s theme, “The Face of the Iris”. The Mayor’s Choice Award for the best “Parade Yard Party” will be awarded a sign to display in the winning yard and a Festive Gift Basket. For more information please call 819-4922 or 514-2678.
Gather on Carey Lawn at the home of Governor Ned Ray McWherter to close the festival week and to recognize and thank those who served to make it a success. The program and meal will begin at 12:00noon. In the event of rain, the event will be moved to DresdenElementary School. The Iris Festival Luncheon is open to the public. Purchase of tickets is required in advance, and the cost is $10.00 each. Tickets are available at Dresden City Hall and First State Bank in Dresden.
Bring your pets to A to Z Vet Supply, 9876 Highway 22, Dresden at 1:00 p.m. and show off their beauty and talent in a variety of categories. There will be several categories for all of your pets! No entry fee is required.
Black and Blue Alumni Football Game
Join us for the 1st Annual Black and Blue Alumni Football Game between Westview and Dresden High School Football Alumni. This year’s game is hosted by the Dresden Alumni and will be held at Rotary Field at DresdenHigh School. The game starts at 7:00 p.m. Come out and show your school spirit! Tickets are $10.00 and can be purchased at FirstState in Dresden or from any of the participating football alumni. Free admission for children (6 years old and under) and for any Youth League Football players who wear their jerseys to the game. Half of the proceeds from advanced tickets sales will go directly to DresdenHigh School’s football program. Buy your tickets in advance and come out to support our schools!
4/28/15 – Goodwill Career Solution and Manpower is having a hiring event on Tuesday, April 28th from 11 am until 2 pm at MartinCity Hall, located at 109 University Street . General labor, machine operator and forklift operator positions in Martin, Trenton and Union City. Be prepared to complete an online application and to interview. Bring your resume, photo ID and social security card or birth certificate. Dress for success.
05/02/2015 – Martin Parks and Recreation, Harper’s Wrecker Service and Boy Scout Troop 1776 are working together to sponsor the annual “Touch a Truck” event at the Martin Recreation Complex on Saturday May 2nd from 10 till 1. The event is an opportunity for people of all ages to get up close with over 30 vehicles including a fire truck, ambulance, police care, helicopter and more. Admission is free. (for more info call 587-6784)
5/2/15 – There will be a benefit luncheon for “The Bridge” on Saturday, May 2nd from 11 am until 1 pm at CrosswindChurch in Union City. Tickets are $30, speakers are LeEllen Smith, Linda DeBoard and Julie Huggins. Signs of Wonder from SecondBaptistChurch will be performing and a light lunch will be provided. For tickets, call 796-5005 or 592-0650.
05/02/2015 – The David Johnson Chorus will be presenting their spring concert “Oh, What a Savior” at the Union City Cumberland Presbyterian Church at 7 pm on May 2, 2015. Admission is free. The program of music praises the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Familiar hymns, spirituals, Sacred Harp songs and newer compositions will comprise the program in the acapella style that the chorus is famous for. The church is located at 631 East Church Street in Union City. (For more information, visit the DJC website at www.davidjohnsonchorus.com or their Facebook page. The group’s general manager is Gail Dyer and she may be reached at (731) 514-0167.)
05/02/2015 – The 3rd Annual Spring Auto Show will be held Saturday May 2nd at the FirstBaptistChurch in Martin on University Street. Registration will be from 9 to noon that day with Awards to follow. There will be top 25 awards plus many specialty categories. Registration is $20 per vehicle. The event is open to the public and admission is free. There will be music, concessions, an indoor rest area with A/C and door prizes given away. Proceeds will benefit the FirstBaptistChurch’s Youth Missions. ($15 early bird registration by April 25th by calling 731-819-0929)
5/2/15 – Union CityMiddle School is holding a Twister Trot – 5 K run / walk on Saturday, May 2nd at the Union CityHigh School. Registration from 7 until 7:45 am and the walk starts at 8. Entry fee $20 by April 17th, or $25 after. All UC students may participate for half price. This benefits the Union City Middle School PTO.
5/3/15 – Miss Union City Pageant will be held at the Civic Auditorium. Categories for 0-18 months and 19 months to 3 years old are open to the public – all other age groups must be Union City students only. Entry fee is only $25 and you may register at the door. Miss Photogenic will be an additional $10. Doors open at 1 with the first age group to begin at 1:30.
5/3/15 – DyerFirstBaptistChurch, Tanya Taylor Family Memorial Benefit Ride will be held on Sunday, May 3rd. Registration begins at 10am, kickstands up at 1:30. $20 per bike which includes a BBQ Sandwich lunch and T-Shirt. Door prizes will be given after the ride. Sunday Services will be held at a special time of 10:50 am. For more information contact the church at 731-562-7135. Rain Date will be May 17th.
5/4/15 – Goodwill Career Solutions in Union City is offering an Interview Skills Workshop from 1 until 2 pm. Learn the essentials of interviewing, how to prepare, what to do during an interview and the follow up.
5/5/15 – Don Sol in Union City is celebrating Cinco De Mayo, Obion County Style! On May 5th, Don Sol will be donating a percentage to the Obion County Walk of Hope. Plus at 11 am and 5 pm be the frist 25 customers and get a free t-shirt…. Make an additional donation to the Walk of Hope and get a free t-shirt.
5/6/15 – Goodwill Career Solutions is hosting a job fair on Wednesday, May 6th at the Union City National Guard Armory from 9am until 3 pm. Over 20 employers with 15o plus job openings will be there. Bring plenty of resumes.
05/07/2015 – WestviewHigh School is hosting a Scholastic Book Fair May 1st-May 7th in Westview’s library in honor of Anna Kate Wenz. All proceeds will go to the Wenz family to benefit Anna Kate. Anyone from the public may attend during the following hours: May 1st, 4th, 5th, and 6th from 8 am-3 pm, and May 7th from 8 am-6:30 pm. There will be books and other products available to suit those of all ages, including babies and adults. Before coming to the library, please stop by the office and sign in as a visitor. Please come out and support Anna Kate and her family. (For any questions, please contact Delana Smith at 731-587-4202 ext. 209.)
5/07/15 – UT Extension office is offering Tai Chi for Arthritis classes beginning on April 14th and running through May 7th. This class is $48 for all 8 sessions and is held at FirstBaptistChurchFamilyLifeCenter from 5 until 6 pm. (To register, call Benita at 885-3742.) Tai Chi for Arthritis is a gentle exercise that increases flexibility, muscular strength, balance, posture and fitness; it exercises the mind as well as the body.
5/7/15 – First Citizens Bank Walk of Hope Team is having a Baby Back Rib sale on Thursday, May 7th. They will be cooked by Bim Barker and $20 per slab and ready for pick up between 11 and 2. Get your tickets today, before they’re all gone!
05/08/2015 – “The Good Sam” Diner 50’s night to benefit the Good Samaritan Wellness Clinic in South Fulton will be held on Friday May the 8th. Doors open at 6 that evening at Buck’s CelebrationCenter in South Fulton, tickets will be $5 at the door. The event will have good food, door prizes, and the king himself, Elvis. All attendee’s are encouraged to bring canned goods to be donated to those in need in the area. The Good Samaritan Wellness Clinic provides healthcare to the working uninsured in the area.
5/8/15 – Rotary Benefit Golf Scramble, Friday, May 8th 1:00 pm at Fulton Country Club. $300 per 4 person team, includes cart, green fee, entry fee, lunch and mulligans. Each member of the winning team will receive a new putter valued at over $150. (To enter your team, be a hole sponsor or to donate a door prize, call 270-472-2800.) All proceeds go directly to the Fulton Rotary Club scholarship fund.
05/09/2015 – Historic Downtown Martin and Martin Parks and Recreation invites the public to enjoy the first Family Night Out of the season on Saturday May 9th at FestivalPark from 6 to 8. There will be a large variety of fun activities for the whole family.
05/12/2015 – The Fulton Rotary Club is teaming up with Buckner International to collect new shoes for children in need. The annual nationwide Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls shoe drive is seeking to collect more than 200,000 pairs of new shoes and socks in 2015. Since 1999, Buckner has collected more than 3 million pairs of new shoes and has served vulnerable children in 80 countries around the globe, including the United States. Donated items should be for children and teens, and due to customs regulations, shoes and socks need to be brand new. The greatest need is for new athletic shoes, sizes Youth 4-Adult 9. Cash donations are also accepted and will help provide new shoes as well as cover distribution costs. You can drop shoes or donations off with Ellen Long at First State Bank in South Fulton or Amanda Joyner at Reelfoot Bank in Fulton by May 12th.
5/15/15 – Walk of Hope Community Yard Sale, Friday May 15th from 8 until 5 at Union City Nursing and Rehab at 1630 East Reelfoot Avenue. Donations will be taken until May 14th!
5/16/15 – Walk of Hope Team First Church of God is having a bake sale at the church on South Miles Avenue from noon until 2 on Saturday, May 16th.
05/16/2015 – The Martin Recreation Complex will host a Freedom Run sponsored by Trail Life Troop Tn-1796 to honor our veterans on Armed Forces Day, Saturday May 16th. Registration will begin at 7:30 that morning. Events include a Veteran’s Walk and Ceremony at 8, a Fun Run at 8:30, and a 5K at 9. Pre-registration is available for events until April 30th. Veteran’s Recognition Signs can be purchased for $5 to be place along the track. Registration fee for Fun Run is $15 in advance and $20 on the day of the event; for the 5K its $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the event. Veteran’s Walk and Ceremony are free. (more info call 731-587-2453)
5/16/15 – The Union City Civitan Club is once again selling Vidalia onions. The sweet onions will be delivered fresh from the Vidalia onion fields in Georgia around May 16th. If you’d like to pre-order, they’re 10 pound bags for ten dollars. All proceeds go to the clubs charitable projects. For more information or to place your order, call Jerry at 536-5519 or Margie at 885-9730.
5/16/15 – Walk of Hope Team – Sullivan Dentistry is having a “Running for Our Heroes 5K”. Saturday, May 16th at Union CityHigh School. Registration begins at 7:45 am with the race to begin at 8:30. Registration is $20 by May 9th or $25 on race day. You may also purchase luminaries in honor of or in memory of for $5.
6/5/15 – SecondBaptistChurch of Union City, Walk of Hope Team is selling luminary bags for $5 each. If you would like a bag to honor or memorialize your loved ones, you can stop by the KYTN / Quake Studios in Union City to buy yours. The Walk of Hope will be held on Saturday, June 6th at the Union CityHigh School stadium from 4 until midnight.
06/20/2015 – Arts at The Park is a unique day shopping for handmade crafts and spectacular arts, listening to wonderful local talent, while grazing through the fresh local produce and products, in a family friendly atmosphere. It will be held Saturday June 20th from 9 to 5 at the ParkersCrossroadsCityPark. The event is free and open to the public.
6/30/15 – The Union CityParks and Recreation office has St. Louis Six Flags discounted tickets. For more information on ticket prices and park schedule, please call the Parks office at 885-0354.
The Sharon Public Library is asking for donations to help support their Summer Reading Program. Suggested donations include small toys, coupons for free goods or services or cash. These donations will be used to provide prizes for children participating in the program. (for more info 731-456 2707)
The Weakley County Backpack Program provides food to children in the community who might not have enough to eat at home. They need your help to continue the good work they do, and are asking for monetary donations. Donations may be mailed to P.O. box 169, Dresden, TN38225 or dropped off at any First State Bank location in WeakleyCounty.
The Humane Way Humane Society of Fulton offers a low cost spay/neuter program for cats. (For more information call 731-479-3399)
The Good Samaritan Health and Welfare Cancer Support Group will meet on the first Monday of each month at 6:30 at the Good Samaritan Wellness center in South Fulton. The meeting will include emotional and spiritual support for those who are suffering with cancer or from the loss of a loved one. (Information is available by calling the good Samaritan Clinic in South Fulton at
479-2112. Cancer survivor Mary Russell will be leading the group.)
The ObionCounty backpack program has a food drive, the last Saturday of each month. The backpack program sends food home with children on Friday’s that need food for the weekend. Items that can be donated are: Boxes of individual oatmeal, poptarts, cereal bars, crackers, pudding snacks, fruit snacks, raisins, individual bags of chips, popcorn, ramen noodles, zip lock bags, bottled water, Gatorade or juice boxes – anything that is healthy, easy to open and easy to fix. Supplies can be dropped off at Lowe’s in Union City. Your help is greatly appreciated.
Santa’s Helpers in Dresden are looking for donations of bedding, clothing, food items and other goods as well as those willing to volunteer. (To find out ways you can help Santa’s Helpers help other visit the store Monday through Friday from 10 to 4 each day, or call for information at 364-3130.)
The TennesseePoisonCenter reminds you the importance of keeping hazardous materials out of the reach of children and to teach children to ask an adult before eating or drinking anything.
Poisons can look like food or drink.
Save this number in your phone for emergency purposes and hope you never need it!
Young adults between the ages of 12 and 18. If you’ve dreamed about a career in aviation, space, or the military, you need to know more about the cadet program of Civil air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the US Air Force. Fly, learn to lead, camp and push yourself to new limits. (There is no future military requirement, but you can find out more go to gocivilairpatrol.com or you can call Captain Sylvia Mallard 731-514-7253, or at facebook.com/TN195.)
If you have expired, unused or unwanted prescriptions at your home, the Obion County Prevention Coalition and the Union City Police Department now offers a permanent drop box at the Union City Police
WeCare Ministries in Martin needs donations to refill their thrift store and food bank. They are especially looking for non-perishable, kid-friendly food item including cereal, canned fruit, and pop-tarts. Donations of clothes, blankets, furniture and toys are always appreciated as well. WeCare ministries is located on S. Lindell St.
If you’d like to brighten someone’s day, become a hospice volunteer. Caris Healthcare is looking for compassionate volunteers to provide companionship and support for those facing a life- limiting illness. (For more information you can contact Callie at 731-686-3723)