Hundreds took advantage of warm weather and sunny skies at Mosheim Fun Days, which included the popular Big Bubba’s Fun Run car show.
On Saturday, a variety of live music groups and food and craft vendors added to the festive atmosphere on the Mosheim School campus, where most activities took place.
“I like the crafts. He likes the car show,” said Brandi Crawford, referring to her husband, Mike. The couple checked out the crafts booths with their twins, Eli and Ethan, who are 6.
The two-day weekend event began with a community breakfast at the Mosheim Ruritan Club Building, where many ate before driving down Main Street to enjoy Fun Days at Mosheim School.
The Ruritan Club hall was busy as people enjoyed biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, tomatoes, pancakes, grits, coffee, and orange juice. The all-you-can-eat breakfast saw many return for seconds or take carryouts.
Ruritan Club member Janice Wampler was “the head chef.”
“I’m the meat cooker,” she said while watching over bacon, sausage and pork patties sizzling on the grill.
Janie Shepherd made the homemade biscuits, and other club members and volunteers helped cook and serve the food — which included 12-15 gallons of gravy.
Jo Ann Cutshaw attended the breakfast and quipped that the din of conversations made the Ruritan building seem like the site of a big, happy family reunion.
Cutshaw was present with her husband Clyde, Stephanie Tweed, Sophie Tweed, and Andrew Thompson.
“We come down here (to the Ruritan breakfast) about every month,” Clyde Cutshaw said. The club serves its all-you-can-eat country breakfast the first Saturday monthly.
Meanwhile, down on Main Street, a steady stream of vehicles arrived for Big Bubba’s Fun Run at the Mosheim baseball field.
Mosheim Mayor Tommy Gregg, who oversaw the car show, said about 260 vehicles entered, including some who did not officially register. There was no charge to enter the car show, he said.
Jerry Metcalf won the “Town Hall Choice Award” with his 1934 Chevrolet convertible, and Jimmy Cope won the “Archie Fannon Award” for his 1968 Chevrolet pickup truck, while all entrants got dash plaques and free T-shirts, Gregg said.
Madison Metcalf, a 14-year-old who has been singing since she was seven, kicked off Fun Days’ musical entertainment.
She sang several Christian songs solo before a backing band joined her onstage. Metcalf played several different instruments.
Other musical groups who performed Saturday were Lonesome Pine, the David Jones Band, Threads of Faith, the David Miller Singers, the Scott Family, Chris Johnson, Living Testament, Strong Ties, BloodBrother, and JB & the Wild Honey Band.
“This is great,” said Robert Repetti, who with Lorrie Fox listened to bluegrass performed by Lonesome Pine. He said it was his first time seeing the group play. “This was a (pleasant) surprise.”
Repetti and Fox live in Mosheim, and he entered a car in the show. “Any time to come out and support our community” is a good thing, he said.
Also listening to Lonesome Pine Saturday morning was Fun Days director Barry Carter.
“We’ve got all sorts of activities going on. The crowds will change throughout the day. I’m pleased so far,” he said. Later, he estimated 1,000-1,500 people attended Fun Days on Saturday.
Fireworks Saturday night capped off the day’s festivities.
On Sunday, activities resumed with an afternoon parade, and Mosheim Police Chief Steve Burns was in the lead vehicle.
Other participants in the parade included U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, State Rep. David Hawk, the West Greene High School marching band, Kerbela Shriners, several tractors, the Town of Mosheim Fire Department, the Mosheim Volunteer Fire Department, the Midway Volunteer Fire Department, Sunnyside Fire Department and United Volunteer Fire Department of Baileyton.
Also riding in the parade was Larry Cassell, Ruritan National President, who was in town to attend a combined Mosheim Ruritan Club meeting and 70th anniversary celebration.
Cassell and his wife, Nelda Cassell, Ruritan First Lady, came from Jefferson, Maryland, to attend the events.
At the 70th anniversary celebration and meeting at the Mosheim Ruritan Club, Larry Cassell praised the local civic organization for its work.
“We make a difference,” said Cassell of Ruritan Club activities in general. “It may be one person at a time, but we make a difference.”
Cassell said he was a former school principal for 30 years.
“We have a lot of strong Ruritan clubs. Many are small clubs like yours,” he stated.
He had advice for the Mosheim Ruritan Club.
“Find out from your citizens in the next few years what is needed ... (and then) don’t be afraid to make a decision,” he said.
Cassell said the communities that Ruritan Clubs serve have changed in the past 70 years. “Our community has changed. We need to change with it,” he said.
Roe and Hawk spoke at the meeting/celebration, as well.
“What Ruritan does as a service-oriented community — you give back,” said Hawk. “It’s so valuable. Keep on keeping on.”
Roe praised Ruritan Clubs as well, and said he was a member of Boones Creek Ruritan Club. He also quipped that he was older than the Mosheim Ruritan Club.
Michael Gregg, Davy Crockett District Ruritan Governor, said the Mosheim Ruritan Club was the second oldest club in the multi-county Davy Crockett District.
“This is an amazing turnout,” said Gregg of the over 100 people present. He added, “Hopefully, we’ll be able to last 70 more years.”
The Isaiah 117 House is steadily gaining traction in Greene County as contractors prepare to start building.
On May 21, representatives of Lynn Pitt Construction, Seaton Contracting and Idell Construction met to discuss the next step in building an Isaiah 117 House downtown. Founder Ronda Paulson and Greene County General Sessions and Juvenile Judge Ken Bailey were there.
“Our contractors have stepped up in a huge way and reached out to their contacts and subcontractors to get labor and materials donated,” said Bailey. “And they’ve received a tremendous response.”
It will take a projected $200,000 to build the home, but contractors are attempting to mitigate costs through donations of time and materials. So far, over $120,000 has been raised.
The Isaiah 117 House serves as an “in-between” space where children can stay as they wait to be placed with a foster family. The non-profit organization was first founded in Carter County in 2018. As of late January, over 70 children had been helped since the house opened in Elizabethton.
“When children are removed from their homes out of concern for their welfare, they are usually brought to the Department of Children’s Services Offices to await placement with a foster family. This wait can be several hours to nearly a full day. These children often have nothing with them and are scared, lonely, hungry, and often in dirty clothing,” according to the organization’s website, www.isaiah117house.com.
“Isaiah 117 provides a comforting home where these children instead can be brought to wait — a place that is safe with friendly and loving volunteers who provide clean clothes, smiles, toys and snuggly blankets. This space allows children to receive the comfort and care they need while DCS staff are able to do the necessary paperwork and identify a good foster placement,” it says.
Paulson and her team are hoping to break ground on the Greene County property in July.
The plan calls for a one-level, 1,600 square-foot house. The purchased property is downtown, centrally located so that no child has to travel too far to find comfort.
Bailey hopes that the space will be ready to start assisting children in December.
“I think that’s a little optimistic, but that’s what we’re hoping for,” he said.
Regardless of when the home is completed, Bailey said that volunteers will start training three months prior. Over 40 volunteers manage the Carter County house, and Bailey hopes to exceed this number in Greene County.
“I think it would be great if we could get 60,” he said.
In the meantime, a board of directors is being formed to provide oversight for Greene County’s Isaiah 117 House.
Kim Gass will be presiding as chairman of the board. She currently works at Greene Center for Technology as a career counselor. Theresa Whaley, an accountant at David M. Ellis, CPA, has been confirmed as treasurer.
Bailey said that the board will be meeting within the next couple of weeks to discuss hiring a director.
“We have extended offers to other potential board members, and we’re just waiting to hear back on their responses,” he said.
For more information, go to www.isaiah117house.com, email@example.com or www.facebook.com/isaiah177house.
Those wishing to provide building materials or services can contact one of the project’s contractors, Lynn Pitt Construction, Seaton Contracting or Idell Construction.