May Day Festival and Centennial Celebration of historic Tanner Williams School is Saturday, May 2 on the old school grounds
Saturday, May 2 is a big day in the Tanner Williams community. Not only is the Annual May Day Festival celebrated that day, but May 2 is also the 100th birthday of the old Tanner Williams School.
A full day of activities have been planned by the Tanner Williams Civic & Historical Society, beginning with a parade at 9 a.m. and opening ceremonies at 9:45. The Mr./Miss Tanner Williams pageants follow the opening ceremony.
The traditional car show has been expanded this year to include both classic and current autos, motorcycles and other vehicles. And, as in the past, there will be a variety of foods--catfish dinners, beginning at 11 a.m.; hot dogs, chips and soft drinks; homemade desserts from the Sweet Shop.
And Chuff Hinton's Homemade Ice Cream is a treat not to be missed. Hinton has been providing the ice cream at May Day for 8-10 years, using a tractor engine to power the freezer paddle. "People enjoy seeing it made," Hinton said. (They also enjoy eating it.)
Also, as in past years, there'll be a plant sale and plenty of arts and crafts vendors (including Mark Charles Williams with old iron work and Shirley Williams with her beautiful handmade jewelry.)
Probably the biggest celebration will be for the school's 100th anniversary. All who attended the school over the years are encouraged to visit (news is that Murray Driskell, 93, and Dr. Anna Clausen, who graduated in 1945, will be among those who plan to be there.)
For more information about this once in a lifetime celebration of the Tanner Williams School or the Annual May Day Festival, call Brandy Culver, 377-6842.