Tanner Williams School Celebrates Centennial in conjunction with Tanner Williams May Day Festival, May 2, 2015
It's almost time for the Tanner Williams May Day Festival, and this year's event is really special--the old Tanner Williams School, where the annual Festival takes place, turns 100 years old. So when the traditional Festival is held on Saturday, May 2, it will include a celebration of Tanner Williams School Centennial. Activities will be outside the historic building; if it rains, the event will be moved to the Tanner Williams Elementary School gym across the street at 13700 Tanner Williams Road.
As in past years, the day will start with a parade. Line-up will begin at 8:15 a.m. at Tanner Williams Community Park; the parade will roll at 9 a.m. Those interested in bringing their floats, vehicles or groups to participate in the parade should contact Michelle Southerland, 610-7355.
After the opening ceremonies at 9:45, there'll be a Tiny and Little Mr./Miss contest ($20 fee) and a pageant with two divisions, K-2nd grade and 3rd-5th grades ($35 entry fee.) For more information, call Mandi Robison, 610-1033 or Crystal Sears, 581-1461.
Festival spokesperson, Brandy Culver, said that this year's car show will be expanded to include three divisions, Classic, Current and Motorcycles. The entry fee is $10 and registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Participants can call Philip Culver, 228-249-2668 for additional details.
Of course, a festival wouldn't be considered successful without an array of food and this one has $8 catfish dinners, starting at 11 a.m.; hot dogs, chips and soft drinks; and homemade goodies from the Sweet Shop.
Because this year's May Day also celebrates the school's 100th birthday, organizers are looking for anyone who attended the old school at any time in the past to visit the fest and maybe run into former classmates. Tours of the current Tanner Williams Elementary School are planned for 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m.
Brandy Culver said that there will be plenty of entertainment and activities for people of all ages, including historical exhibits, a silent auction, vendors with wares to sell, a plant sale, games for the children. All proceeds go to the Tanner Williams Civic and Historical Society for maintenance on the old school house. For more information, to make a donation or to volunteer, call Culver at 251-377-6842.