Mark your calendars – the last full weekend in September (September 23 and 24 this year) always means that the Southern Fried Festival is happening on the Courthouse Square in Columbia, Tennessee. Less than an hour south of Nashville off I-65, this event is a must for family fun. There’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Friday night kicks off with music on the KFC Stage. Entertainment this year is local band Smooth Vinyl, with Ricochet headlining the evening. Community First Bank & Trust Kids Zone will be offering inflatables at no charge. A petting zoo and pony rides will be available for nominal fees. Arts and crafts vendors, the Marketplace, and the General Store will all be offering items to tempt your billfold. The Man Cave located in the City Parking Garage will offer all sorts of opportunities for fun.
Saturday’s schedule begins at 10am with a children’s parade and stage performance by the Zinghoppers for families. That will be followed by a cooking challenge and food demonstrations in the early afternoon.
When the food adventures are finished, the music starts up in two locations. Mule Town Records performers will be located at North Main and 6th Street. At the First Farmers Stage, local bands including the Community Band will keep toes tapping until 6pm. Attention then shifts to the KFC Stage where Bill Avery and the Uptown Band will get the crowd on their feet. At 8pm the Kentucky Headhunters return after an absence of two years to wow the crowd.
During all the fun of Friday and Saturday, the food vendors will have plenty of temptations for your savory or sweet tooth. If you come hungry, you’re guaranteed to leave full and happy.
All this for only $3 admission for ages 12 and up. You can’t beat that price for a lot of entertainment!
Visit www.southernfriedfest.com for more information.
For more information about top events in Tennessee take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in Tennessee.