Hawkins County Happenings: No shortage of upcoming events beginning with Bike Nite

Jeff Bobo • Aug 20, 2018 at 8:45 PM

ROGERSVILLE — Don’t let anyone tell you there’s nothing to do in Hawkins County, because there’s at least one event somewhere in the county nearly every weekend for the next couple of months, starting Aug. 25 with the second annual Rogersville Bike Nite.

The Rogersville Main Street program will host the motorcycle event Saturday from 5-8 p.m. in historic downtown Rogersville.

Last year’s inaugural Bike Nite attracted more than 200 riders who put their special Hogs on display in this two-wheel (and sometimes three-wheel) version of Rogersville’s monthly hot rod Cruise-In.

Local merchants and restaurants will be open, and vendors and food booths will also be onsite.

Bring a lawn chair for the free concert on Courthouse Square featuring Quarter Bounce and Rusty Steele.

Event T- shirts will be available for pre-order for $12 or $15 the day of the show.

The registration fee is $10 per bike the day of the show, and all bikes must be set up by 5 p.m.

For event information or a registration application, visit wrgsradio.com or call (423) 272-2186.


Also on Saturday, Church Hill’s Derrick Park will host the Church Hill Medical Mission’s sixth annual Flamingo Race to raise funds for the free clinic.

Registration is from 6:30-7:30 Saturday morning. The fee is $25 for children 17 and under and $30 for adults.

The 5K run/walk begins at 8 a.m. and refreshments will be served from 9-10:15 a.m.

Awards will be presented to the top overall finishers in each category.

For more information, call (423) 256-2408.


Surgoinsville Riverfront Park will host the annual Riverfront Festival on the Friday and Saturday of Labor Day weekend.

The Block Party will begin Friday, Aug. 31 at 4 p.m., with the parade through downtown to begin at 6 p.m., followed by live music, food and other activities at Riverfront Park until 10 p.m.

The festival will start at noon on Saturday, Sept. 1, featuring a full day of live music, a car and tractor show, horseshoe pitching tournament, train rides, hayrides, professional wresting matches and inflatable bouncy attractions for the kids.

There will also be a wide variety of food booths, prizes, a mid-day ceremony and flag retirement. The festival will close with fireworks at 10 p.m.


On Saturday, Sept. 1, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Historic Amis Mill Eatery in Rogersville will host a special Meet the Beekeeper brunch to celebrate the new beehives recently installed on the property.

The eatery will feature a special brunch menu complemented with raw, local honey.

Local honey and beeswax will be for sale during the event, and resident beekeeper Becky Johnson will be on hand with several other beekeepers to help educate the public about honeybees and native pollinators.

The Bee Brunch is $15 per person. For more information, call the Amis Mill Eatery at (423) 272-7040.


Church Hill’s annual Trout Rodeo fishing event for children is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Every year, the city dams a section of Alexander Creek at Jaycees Park on North Central Avenue and stocks the creek with hundreds of hungry trout.

The Trout Rodeo is free and open to children 16 and under, and they do not have to reside in Church Hill to participate.

Trophies will be awarded to children in three age categories (4-7, 8-11, and 12-16), for first fish caught, boys and girls; first to catch three fish limit, boys and girls; and largest fish overall.

Children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult, and bicycles and other prizes will also be awarded. For more information, call Church Hill City Hall at (423) 357-6161.


The second annual Hawkins County Fair will be Sept. 7, 8, and 9 on the grounds of Camp Hope, 1069 Old Union Road in the New Canton community near Church Hill.

Check out the Hawkins County Fair’s Facebook page for an event schedule, which should be available next week.


The 18th annual Toy Run and Cruise-in to benefit the Of One Accord ministry’s Christmas for the Children program is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 22 beginning at noon at the Big Lots parking lot on Park Boulevard in Rogersville. The group will leave for Church Hill at 12:15 p.m. and rendezvous with more bikers at the Homestead Antiques parking lot in Church Hill at 12:45 p.m.

The cost to participate is either an unwrapped new toy or a $10 contribution, with all proceeds to benefit Christmas for the Children, which serves 1,000 Hawkins County children every year.

For more information, call Of One Accord at (423) 921-8044.


On Saturday, Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., the Amis Mill historic venue near Rogersville will host its first ever Amis Mill Car Show presented by Random Rods.

Car registration is $15 upon arrival, and there will be cash drawings for registered cars, event shirts, a swap meet and 50/50 tickets.

The Amis Mill historic settlement is located at 127 W. Bear Hollow Road about two miles south of Rogersville. For more information, call (423) 293-4300 or (423) 272-2518.


The annual 12 Mile Yard Sale from one end of Clinch Valley Road to the other is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 6, beginning around 7 a.m. and lasting until everything is sold or the vendors get tired and go home.

The Times News will release more information as it becomes available.


The third annual Native American Gathering is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 6 at the Amis Mill historic settlement site. The Times News will update information about this event as it becomes available.


The Annual Rogersville Heritage Days festival will be the weekend of Oct. 12, 13, and 14 with a Cruise-In, live music and parade anchoring a variety of events that Friday, followed by scores of craft and food booths, live entertainment and other family fun on the following Saturday and Sunday.

The Times News will publish the schedule of events when it is released to the public.