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Rossville Summer’s End Festival in its 36th year

The Town of Rossville will hold its 36th annual Summer’s End Festival Friday through Sunday, Aug. 23-26. There will be many events, contests, entertainments, amusement rides, food, townwide yard sales, vendors, reunions, fireworks and more.

Amusement rides will be available Thursday night from 6 to 10 p.m. (preview); Friday night from 4 to 11 p.m., and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Cutest Baby, Little Miss & Mister, Miss Rossville

The 2019 Cutest Baby, Little Miss & Mister and Town Queen will all be crowned Friday evening at the Town Park on the Pavilion Porch. The Cutest Baby Contest will be begin at 7 p.m., followed by the Little Miss & Mister Contest for ages 4 to 8, and then the Miss Rossville Contest.

Cutest Baby contestants are Serenity Crosley, 9 mos., daughter of Brittany Crosley; and Creighton Walker, 2, son of Amber Walker.

Contestants for Little Miss are Savannah Patrick, 8, daughter of Blake and Angie Patrick; Audella Walker, 5, daughter of Nick and Amber Walker; Kinzley Lashbrook, 8, daughter of Sara Golden; RyLeigh McKenzie, 7, daughter of Nicole McKenzie; Ivy Frye, 4, daughter of Susan Stocker; Mia Frey, 7, daughter of Brent and Shana Frey; Kenara Bowyer, 6, daughter of Karol Bowyer; Avery Hoffa, 4, daughter of Karol Bowyer; Presley Howard, 5, daughter of Jina Kelly and Brett Howard; Adnyah Hunt and Mollie Parsley. Vying for Little Mister are Kendrick Bowyer, 5, son of Karol Bowyer; Kenny Bowyer, 7, son of Karol Bowyer; and Kyrron Parsley.

Contestants for Miss Rossville are Catherine Shedron, 17, daughter of Chad Shedron and the late Jacqueline Shedron, and Lindsay Roberts, 17, daughter of John and Lisa Roberts.


Music scheduled at the Town Park Pavilion Porch includes: Michael Jacobs on Friday night from 8 to 9:30; Joel Brovont (gospel) on Saturday afternoon from 1 to 2:30 and Livin’ Forgivin’ (gospel) on Saturday night from 6 to 9:30.

Jacobs is an award-winning singer/songwriter from Nashville, Tenn. He plays a mixture of roots rock and folk music.

The Prime Time Variety Show,, presented by the Rossville Schools drama and music departments will be Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

A Jump Rope and Hula Hoop Contest along with a Cake Walk will be Saturday from 4 to 7:30 p.m. in the Town Park Shelter House.

Car & Bike Show

The Annual Laurell Hodson Memorial Car and Bike Show will be Saturday at the Town Park. Registration will be from 8 to 11 a.m. All cars must enter via Ramey Street. Judging will be from 11 to 12:30 p.m. with awards being presented at approximately 2 p.m.

Hornet Hustle

The Hornet Hustle 5K run will be Saturday with chip timing and a leisure start. The course will be run over paved streets and will start and end at The Work House, 130 Roth Court. Registration will be from 7 to 7:45 a.m. with an 8 a.m. start time.

Awards will be presented to the overall top male and female finishers as well as first, second and third place in each division.

Golf Tournament

A golf tournament, sponsored by the Rossville Athletic Department, will get underway with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. at Angel Hill Golf Course. The tournament will be followed by a lunch-on-the-go and giveaways.

Preregistration is preferred; those who register Saturday should do so between 7-7:45 a.m.

Summer’s End Parade

The annual Summer’s End Parade will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday from Rossville School, proceed north on Plank St. (U.S. 421) through the downtown, then west on Welkum Lane, south on Gaddis St. and back to the school.

The parade will feature the newly crowned Festival Queen and Little Miss and Little Mister, the Grand Marshal, floats, bands, decorated golf carts, horses, llamas, fire trucks, ambulance, antique tractors, antique cars, and more.


The festival fireworks show will begin between 9:15-9:45 p.m. Saturday from the town park.

Community church service

A non-denominational Community Church Service will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday at the RHS auditorium. Pastor Christopher Albin will be the speaker. Dress is casual.

Things to know

There will be all day parking at the town park for $5.

Only service animals are allowed.

Pedestrian traffic only is permitted in the town park with the exception of handicapped devices.

Golf carts are allowed but a special event fee of $5 (cash or money order) must be paid at the town office. Golf cart drivers must be 18 years old or older with valid driver’s license and proof of insurance.