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Tallahatchie Riverfest and Faulkner Month: big times “down by the riverside”

The weekend of September 25th-26th is a big one for New Albany, with the Tallahatchie Riverfest and an enlarged celebration of William Faulkner.

2014 Tallahatchie Riverfest, with John Anderson.

This year’s Tallahatchie Riverfest will see more of its events taking place “down by the riverside.”

The Riverfest venue changes puts most events within easy walking distance of each other, and saved enough in production expenses to add a fireworks show to close out this year’s festival. On Saturday, there will be musical performances from noon until about 4PM at the Tanglefoot Trailhead Plaza, and merchants will be having sidewalk sales.

On Friday night, the popular Community Ford ferris wheel will open for business, and there will be a “hometown musical showcase,” featuring Allison’s Rage, Cadillac Funk and the Spunkmonkees, all from Union County.

Saturday morning will begin early with the BNA Tallahatchie River Run 5K and a half-mile fun run for kids. By noon, music will begin at the Trailhead Plaza, food vendors will open up, downtown sidewalk sales will be underway, and, by the river, the market area will open and kids activities, pony rides included, will begin. There is a pet contest and parade in the kid’s area at 4:00 PM.

Then get your seats near the CSpire River Stage for an evening of  free music with: the Eisenhauer Band; Raelyn Nelson (granddaughter of the famous “Willie”); Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors. Next, Paul Thorn’s performance will complete the musical part of the evening, followed by a professional fireworks display to close out the 2015 Tallahatchie Riverfest.

Faulkner Month in New Albany Activities

William Faulkner Month in New Albany has had several events scattered over September, and culminates this weekend with the Faulkner Literary luncheon, a tour of the new Faulkner Scenic Byway, and  the Tallahatchie River Players’ performances from 2014 Faulkner Literary Competition winners. See the combined schedule below for dates and time.

Some of the remaining Faulkner Month events have reservation deadlines; check the NAnewsweb’s Community Calendar for specific information.

For the printable Combined Schedule of Tallahatchie Riverfest/William Faulkner Month activities, see Riverfest-Faulkner schedule 2015

For the revised venue map, see: Tallahatchie Riverfest venue changes

For more details about Faulkner Month

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2 Comments on Tallahatchie Riverfest and Faulkner Month: big times “down by the riverside”

  1. What happened to the good entertainment that they used to have at Riverfest? They had groups like Confederate Railroad and other professional singers, I would drive to see groups like that but not what you have this year because I have never heard of them…Get some Professional Southern Gospel Groups..PLEASE..

  2. Melissa Coleman // September 23, 2015 at 3:23 PM //

    Lilli and me, far left, FRONT!Love John Anderson!

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