Inaugural Hayden Celebration Day a success







The first Hayden Celebration Day was held last Saturday on a near-perfect day for a fall festival. Held in the open area behind Hayden Town Hall and in front of Hayden Middle School, the event drew a crowd estimated by organizers at 1000 for the day. Events included some 60 vendor booths; a dog show with prizes; an antique car show with about 50 cars and trucks, courtesy of the Bama Cruisers; hot dogs and barbecue; inflatables for the kids; and live Scottish/Irish music for the older folk provided by Shamrock and Kudzu Band. The event was sponsored by the West Blount Chamber of Commerce, assisted by the Town of Hayden. As an indicator of success, West Blount Chamber executive director Terry Lewis said churches and food vendors sold out of food during the day, and planners are already considering making it an annual celebration.“This was a true community event,” he said,“of the people, by the people, and for the people of Hayden. And when the cleanup was done, you couldn’t tell anything had been held in Hayden – it was that clean,” he said. – Ron Gholson

The first Hayden Celebration Day was held last Saturday on a near-perfect day for a fall festival. Held in the open area behind Hayden Town Hall and in front of Hayden Middle School, the event drew a crowd estimated by organizers at 1000 for the day. Events included some 60 vendor booths; a dog show with prizes; an antique car show with about 50 cars and trucks, courtesy of the Bama Cruisers; hot dogs and barbecue; inflatables for the kids; and live Scottish/Irish music for the older folk provided by Shamrock and Kudzu Band. The event was sponsored by the West Blount Chamber of Commerce, assisted by the Town of Hayden. As an indicator of success, West Blount Chamber executive director Terry Lewis said churches and food vendors sold out of food during the day, and planners are already considering making it an annual celebration.“This was a true community event,” he said,“of the people, by the people, and for the people of Hayden. And when the cleanup was done, you couldn’t tell anything had been held in Hayden – it was that clean,” he said. – Ron Gholson