24th Annual Bon Air History Fair continues tradition

by | May 10, 2018 8:12 am

Longtime White County favorites, Stacy Lawson (left) and John Powell (right), both are lifelong musicians, who combine Americana, folk, and blues to tell stories through their music.

Doug and JoAnn Watts stop by one of the many display tables to discuss artifacts and mining on the mountain.

Betty McBride and William Bohannon stop to talk for a spell with Carrie Guy and Wesley Bohannon.

Sarah Merritt, on the violin, is accompanied by her mother, Tabitha Merritt. Sarah is an accomplished White County violinist and a member of the Nashville Praise Orchestra.

By Cheri Harper

The 24th Annual Bon Air History Fair was held 1-5 p.m., May 6, 2018, at BonDeCroft Elementary School. The History Fair is an opportunity to learn more about the area’s rich history related to the coal mining and railroad culture, in White County, at the turn of the century. This free event is hosted by the Bon Air Historical Society.

Bus tours were provided to the communities of Clifty, Eastland, Stringtown, and Clarktown, as well as a stop at the Bridgestone Wilderness Reserve. Detailed tours of these forgotten coal towns were given by Sue Carmichael, Linda Bumbalough Mackie, and Sherry Pack. Visitors were also greeted with numerous displays from historical organizations and genealogical research materials. Several local artisans also set up demonstrations of their craft.

Bob Jones, of Crossville, was presented with a Quilt of Valor for his service in Korea.

Entertainment was provided by White County musicians Stacy Lawson, John Powell, Sarah and Tabitha Merritt, and Billy and Cheri Harper. A cookout style lunch was available, with other vendors providing pies, homemade ice cream, and cotton candy. A balloon artist was on hand to entertain the children.

A beautiful, sunny Sunday was enjoyed by all on Bon Air Mountain. Please make plans to attend next year for the 25th anniversary of this event.

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