Community Event Calendar
April 6- Astronomy Day-1st Saturday in April at Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park (in the event of falling on Easter weekend, this event shifts to the 2nd Saturday in April). Bernard Seyfert Astronomical Society will be on site with a variety of observational equipment and a wealth of knowledge to help us understand the mysteries of the night sky. Programs are scheduled throughout the day. For further information call the park office at 731-593-6445
April- ( This event has been postponed) Old Time Bluegrass and Fiddler's Jamboree. Held annually at the Holladay School the 3rd week of April. Festivals include a beauty pagent, parade, street dance, variety show, games, BBQ dinners, and clogging contest. For more information please call 731-584-2217.
May 18- Storytelling Event. Every third Saturday in May, storytellers gather around the campfire across from Happy Hollow Campground to share stories and tall tales. Bring your lawn chairs and snacks and enjoy pleasent company and refreshements provided by the Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park "Friends of the Park" Group. For futher information call the park office at 731-593-6445
May 25- Big Sandy Spring Festival, at the Big Sandy City Park. Festivities include a parade, vendors, food, activities, live entertainment, and much more for the entire family. For more information contact the Big Sandy Chamber of Commerce at 731-593-3213.
June 6- Held annually the first Saturday of June, Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park joins with all Tennessee State Parks in the American Hiking Society's celebration weekend. Outdoor enthusiasts participate in educational exhibits, trail dedications, gear demonstrations, instructional workshops and trail projects. Offering a variety of ranger-led day hikes, night hikes, history hikes, nature hikes, or trail clean-up hikes. Something for everyone. For more information, call the Park office at 731-593-6445.
June 7-8- Weave In Basket Weaving Event- Every 1st Friday & Saturday in June, the West Tennessee Basket Guild hosts the annual "Weave In" at Briarwood School. This 2 day event is open for public participation. Please call 731-225-2206 for more information.
June 8- The Saturday of the first full week in June Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park will hold the Fishing Rodeo at Eva Beach Day Use Area. Held coinciding with the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency's Free Fishing Day. For more information please call the park office at 731-593-6445.
June 13, 20 & 27- Junior Ranger Camp at Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park. On the second, third, and fourth Saturday's in June - dependant on the age of the participating "Junior Ranger". For more information and registration specifics call the Park at 731-593-6445.
August- 3- Every 1st Saturday in August TWRA holds the annual West Tennessee duck blind drawing at the Big Sandy City Park. Vendors , food, games, and fun during this sportsman's frenzy- free admission to the public. For more information contact the Big Sandy Chamber of Commerce at 731-593-3213.
September 4th & 5th- The annual 30 -mile yard sale stretches itself through Benton County every Friday & Saturday of Labor Day weekend. Following 69 from Big Sandy to Holladay, the highway is densely populated with anxious sellers of second-hand treasures. Please call the Benton County/Camden Chamber of Commerce at 731-584-8395 for more information.
September 19- Rock n' Race Weekend. Every 3rd weekend in September, the Eva Music and Arts Festival includes the best in local performers, arts, crafts, food and more. To add to the excitement the Friends of Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park have partnered with the Camden Central High School Rebound Club to bring you the Amazing Race. Two person teams will compete in a variety of sports, including biking, canoeing, and running. This will be a weekend to remember. For further information call 731-593-6445.
September 28- Benton County Fair. Beginning annually on the 4th Monday of the September week long-event offers a carnival, live entertainment, the nightly events,
4-H competitions, pageants for all age groups, antique tractor shows, food booths, concessions, and local competitor creations on exhibit. For more information, call 731-584-6356.