Continuing a 39 year tradition, the 1890's Day Jamboree will be returning to Downtown Ringgold, Georgia this Memorial Day Weekend on May 23 - 24. Over the course of two days the City of Ringgold will nearly triple in size as visitors from all across northwest Georgia and southeast Tennessee enjoy a classic home town festival.
The event will begin with Gospel Music Friday night with performances on multiple stages from 6 till 10 p.m. as well as a children's beauty pageant at the Ringgold Depot.
Beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday there will be Bluegrass, Country music, a Fiddle competition, a classic car show throughout the day and a parade beginning at 11 a.m. on Nashville Street. Fireworks will begin shortly after 10 p.m. on Saturday night.
Admission is free and no pets will be allowed within the festival area. The event is family friendly and offers a variety of food and craft vendors from across the south. "We've got something for everyone," explained Dr. Ronal Graham who heads the 1890's Day committee, "and we select our vendors specifically to provide local or hand-crafted items." Musicians can put their skills to the test at the fiddle contest. Younger visitors can enjoy the inflatable games, climbing wall, and much more in the kids’ area.
For most residents the sign that 1890's Day is approaching is the display of Veteran's Memorial Flags along the roads in Ringgold. Mayor Joe Barger heads the effort to gather volunteers and set up the patriotic display a week in advance of Memorial Day and fly the flags until the end of the following week. Veterans, families, and admirers come from far and wide to ride through town and honor over 1100 Catoosa County veterans who have served in almost every major American war.
To find out more information visit www.1890sDay.com, on Facebook at 1890’s Day Jamboree, or visit the city of Ringgold’s website at www.cityofringgold.com.