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Second night of Covered Bridge features Doyle Lawson

John Thompson • Jun 7, 2018 at 10:55 PM

ELIZABETHTON — The first hours of the 52nd Annual Covered Bridge Celebration was graced with warm weather and lots of sunshine.

It was perfect weather for the annual Food City Ice Cream Social and for a large crowd to sit back and listen to Carson Peters and Iron Mountain.

It was bit too hot for the exertions of the Trailblazer Cloggers, but the group gamely preformed its energetic show for its allotted hour. The dancers did admit they had to slow down their pace a little bit.

The free ice cream was a hit with both children and adults. Danny Ward, assistant manager of the Elizabethton Food City, said 648 cups of Food Club chocolate and vanilla and strawberry and vanilla ice cream were dispersed.

Despite the hot afternoon, Ward and his fellow workers made good use of dry ice to keep the ice cream cold.

The event organizers hope the same beautiful weather will be back today, as another large crowd is expected to turn out to listen to Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver and visit all the new vendors this year.

The vendors are scheduled to start at 10 a.m. today and go to 10 p.m.

The events will get started early today, with the Free Yoga at the Bridge kicking off the morning at 6:30. The event, sponsored by Yoga Farm, will take place at the corner of Hattie Avenue and Riverside Drive.

The free events for children will get started at 10 a.m. at the University of Tennessee Extension Office. There will be games, crafts activities and more to keep children entertained and keep mom and dad’s wallet closed.

The events are sponsored by more than 20 community organizations.

The entertainment on the stage is scheduled to get started tonight at 5 with with Hillbilly Bad, a local country rock group featuring Lynn Shirley on acoustic guitar and vocals; Benny Wilson on harmonica and vocals; Mike Malone on guitar; “Frog” Nelms on drums; and Tim Kirkland with bass and vocals.

High Test Grass takes the stage at 6:30 p.m. The group, formed in the summer of 2015, prides itself on delivering a high-octane bluegrass sound.

The band draws heavily on material from both first- and second-generation classic bluegrass bands and mixes in a measure of contemporary bluegrass material.

They will be followed at 8 p.m. by Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver. Lawson will certainly draw a large crowd to this concert and there is no reserved seating, so the best advice from the Covered Bridge Celebration staff for getting a good location is to get to the Covered Bridge Park a few hours before the concert and wait.

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