Organizers in Coker Creek are preparing
for one of Monroe County's largest annual festivals.
Formerly held on the grounds of Coker
Creek Village, the 43rd annual Autumn Gold Festival is
scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 13, and Sunday, Oct. 14, at a new
location, the campus of Coker Creek Elementary School.
The Autumn Gold Festival brings
crafters, artists, food vendors, entertainers and more to the Coker
At the festival, visitors can try their
hand at a variety of activities, including gold panning, sample the
different eateries, and purchase gifts and mementos from vendors.
There will also be live entertainment both days.
Organizers are anticipating between 60
and 100 artists and crafters to be in attendance. Vendor applications
must be approved in advance of the festival. For more information
about booths and vending, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
A highlight of the annual festival is
the crowning of the Autumn Gold Festival Queen. This year's queen
contest will be at 1 p.m. on Sunday of the festival, where the
festival will crown a queen, junior queen, princess and doll
Costumes for the queen contest can be
from any era of American heritage. Judges will select the winners
based on authentic, old-fashioned costumes, accessories, poise and
There will be a winner and two
runner-ups from each of the four categories. The contest is open to
any girl, no matter where she is from or how old she is. There is no
charge to participate in the contest.
Contestants can pre-register for the
competition by calling Wanda Murphy at 423-261-2236, or they can
register at the festival. All contestants must be registered no later
than 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 14.
Adult tickets are $3 and children
tickets are $1. Children age 6 and under are free. Gates usually open
around 9:30 a.m.
Look for more details on the festival
in an upcoming story in The Advocate & Democrat.
The annual festival is the only
fundraiser for the Coker Creek Ruritan Club. Festival proceeds help
the Ruritan Club sponsor community groups, such as the local Boy and
Girl Scout Troops and the area fire department. In addition, the
funds help those in the community and provide three scholarships each
year to graduating students from the Coker Creek area. There are no
paid positions within the club and all funding goes back into the
For more information, contact Ralph
Murphy at 423-261-2236.
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