Maysville Autumn Leaf Festival


Left to right, Billy Dorsey, William Austin, Elbert Mabry and Fred Huff show off a poster for the Billy Dilworth Country Music Party to be held during the festival.

Congratulations Tammy! Tammy Garrison, Miss Autumn Leaf, shakes hands with Herman Smith (L), whose appliance store sponsored her in the pageant.  Maysville mayor James Ray (R) also offers Tammy congratulations.

Miss Autumn Leaf Court...Members are (L to R) Lisa Hendricks, Teresa Gardiner and Deanna Chitwood.

Bobby Hooper and Bert Brown prepare stew.

Is that how they cooked when you were growing up, mama?...Sammy Thurmond could be asking his mother, Mrs. Sam Thurmond.  Actually, Mrs. Thurmond was boiling peanuts to sell at the festival.

Parade was not the only thing enjoyed in Maysville...Luci O'Kelley (L) enjoys a candied apple while her sister, Jean Lee O'Kelley (R), munches popcorn.  Luci and Jean Lee are the daughters of George D. O'Kelley and Mrs. Romona Busha.

Heart Booth at festival...Mrs. Barbara Alexander takes blood pressure of Mrs. Effie Strange.

Big festival to open Friday
(Courtesy of The Jackson Herald, Oct. 2, 1974, edition.)

Everything from a Tom Thumb wedding to a dunking machine will be a part of Maysville Autumn Leaf Arts Festival this weekend.

The festival will open at 6 p.m. Friday and continue until 6 p.m. Sunday.

A parade at 9:30 a.m. Saturday will be a highlight with Tammy Garrison, the new "Miss Autumn Leaf Festival," a participant.  Also in the parade will be Shriners, the Atlanta Piper Band, the Jefferson High School band, floats and various officials.

In addition to the events mentioned, there will be a cake walk, bingo, horse shoe tournament, greasy pole, barbecue, ice cream, candy apples, popcorn, antiques, rides, dancing, music, arts and crafts.

The first major event will be the cake walk at 7 p.m. Friday under the trees in the Maysville square.

The Atlanta Piper Band will perform at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, bringing the unusual music of the bagpipes to Maysville.

Two performances of the Tom Thumb wedding are scheduled.  They will
be at 4 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, both at the Maysville Elementary School.  First, second and third graders will comprise the cast.  Dean Lewis will be "Tom Thumb" and Kelly Chitwood will be the bride, "Jennie June."  The Maysville Parent Teacher Association is the sponsor and admission will be $1 for adults and 50 cents for children.

The Billy Dilworth Country Music Party, complete with a talent show, will be featured at 8:00 p.m. Saturday in the Maysville gymnasium.  The Dilworth Party is featured on both WLET Radio in Toccoa and WSPA-TV in Spartanburg, S.C.  Its winter series of shows will be launched in
Maysville.  The box office will open at 6:30 p.m. and tickets will be $2 for adults and $1 for children.  Those under six will be admitted without charge.  A talent show will be keyed to the main program and all types of talent are invited to participate.  Prizes will go to the five top winners.  Anyone wishing to participate should contact Elberty Mabry, festival chairman, or William Austin.  Zell Miller, Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, will be a special guest at the Saturday night show.  He is expected to speak briefly and assist in introducing some of the talent groups.
The show will feature Junior Wallace and the Southern Beats of Spartanburg, S.C.

Gospel music will highlight Sunday's program, which will open at 12:30 with the sale of barbecue. The Maysville Volunteer Fire Department also will sell barbecue on Saturday.

The Commerce and Jackson County Jaycees are participating this year, with the Commerce group selling popcorn, cotton candy and candy apples and the Jackson County group handling the dunking machine, horseshoe tournament and checkers tournament.

The Maysville Community Club is the official sponsor of the annual festival which is being held this year for the eighth time.

Photos by Linda Toney and courtesy of The Jackson Herald, Oct. 9, 1974 edition.

Up, up and away...Wayne Brock, three-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Brock, watches the Maysville parade pass with a balloon that is almost as big as he is.

Stop pollution, ride a horse..."Horse power" was much in evidence in the parade.

First place float winner...It was sponsored by Sears Garage.  Sandra Sears, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. D. Sears, is shown on the harvest float.

Third place float winner...Sponsored by the Booster Club.  The cheerleader float was the recipient of the second place ribbon.

Jefferson High School Marching Band...The majorettes lead the way.  They are (L to R) Kay Baldwin, Donna Smith, Elizabeth House, (head majorette), Jackie Wills, Kathy Asbury and Charlotte Tucker.  Band director Ben McClure is at right behind Miss Tucker.

Atlanta Pipe Band in Maysville Parade...Shown are a few of the pipers, who later presented concerts in Maysville.

Men's Horseshoes Champs...Willie Groves (L) of Maysville and James Coker (R) of Homer won the doubles event sponsored by the Jackson County Jaycees at the Maysville Festival.  Mr. Coker also placed first in the singles event.

Ladies Horseshoes Champs...(L to R) Glenda Barron of Commerce placed second, Hazel Echols of Maysville placed first, and Jackie Skelton of Jefferson placed third in the Jackson County Jaycees Ladies Horseshoe Tournament.  (Photo by Robert Aiken)

Checker Champs...Jimmy Doss (L), Maysville, placed first in this weekend's checker tournament at the Maysville Festival with Bobby Hooper (R), Maysville, running second.  The event was sponsored by the Jackson County Jaycees.  (Photo by Robert Aiken)

Bargains galore...Mrs. Horace Wood tries out a three-wheel motorcycle at Don Hill's Garage this weekend--just one of many bargains available at the festival.  With her are (L to R) Mary Arnold, Miss Medora Adams and Mrs. Sam Letson.

Maysville mayor James Ray prepares a plate of pork barbecue during the Maysville Autumn Leaf Festival held last weekend in Maysville.

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