5 Don’t Miss New Things Happening at Frontier Days this weekend

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A Kid’s Pedal Tractor Pull, Food Truck Friday, and Ladies Skillet Toss Contest are just three of the new events at this year’s Frontier Days, which starts on Friday on the Lynchburg Square and Wiseman Park. (File Photos)

Lynchburg, Tenn. — It’s been happening every year in Lynchburg for over 60 years and on Friday, June 23 the Frontier Days Festival will return to the historic Lynchburg Square and Wiseman Park for two days packed with fun. A hard-working, dedicated group of Lynchburg Chamber volunteers have been working tirelessly to combine the best of the traditional events that locals love plus some new and exciting events that are sure to become new traditions.

Here’s a list of five new things happening this weekend that you don’t want to miss:

1 | Kid’s Pedal Tractor Pull • Nothing – and we mean nothing – in recent memory has created as much buzz as the Kid’s Pedal Tractor Pull that takes place from 3-5 p.m. on Saturday at the Moorehead Pavilion. John LaCook, Daniel Gray, Clint Fanning and others have pulled out all the stops so that local kiddos can participate in a smaller version of that distinctly southern event, the tractor pull. There will be several weight classes so that everyone can enjoy the fun with prizes awarded. It should also be a ton of fun to watch.

2 | Ladies’ Skillet Toss Contest • She can bring home the bacon but can she throw the pan as far as she can? (See what we did there?) Ladies from all around are invited to head to Wiseman Park around 2 p.m. for the Ladies Skillet Toss sponsored by Lodge Cast Iron. It’s the first ever Frontier Days Ladies Skillet Toss and it’s gonna be a hoot. There will be five age groups starting at 10 years old and going up to 70. Winners in each category will win a 12 inch engraved Lodge Cast Iron Skillet. Practice throws will begin at 1 p.m.

3 | Food Truck Friday • Do you have dinner plans for Friday night? If not, head on down to Wiseman Park where over a dozen area food trucks offering everything from sliders, slaw burgers, and pinto beans to shaved ice, Japanese food, and soft pretzels will be line up. There will be something for everyone.

4 | Lynchburg Beard & Mustache Contest • Did you know Lynchburg is the home to someone who is a pretty big deal in the world of barbering? Steve Vilot runs Barber Authority just off the Lynchburg Square and he’s cut and trimmed folks like Eminem and Dave Matthews. His shop will sponsor the Lynchburg Beard Contest at 11 a.m. on the Square. Prizes will be given for Best Full Beard Under Six Inches, Best Full Beard Over Six Inches, Best Mustache, and Best Freestyle Beard, Mustache, or Goatee.

5 | Antique Tractor & Truck Show • We don’t mean to start rumors, but there may be a little friendly rivalry happening amongst our local farmers. We know that size doesn’t matter (wink), but we’re not sure you can convince them of that. Organizers have added a way for local farmers and tractor enthusiasts to show off their best with three separate events. The Parade of Power will start at noon on Saturday on the Lynchburg Square followed by a Slow Race in the Park at 1 p.m. and a Antique Tractor and Truck Show in Wiseman Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Awards will be given for the slow race winner as well as Oldest Tractor and Oldest Truck. For more info, contact Larry Moorehead at 931-580-6073.

6 | Axe Throwing Booth • Axe throwing is good old fashioned stress relief and a ton of fun. It’s all the rage in the big city to meet out for a meal and toss a few axes at a bullseye. Organizers decided to recreate that with the first ever Ax Throwing Booth at Frontier Days. There will even be a kids version with plastic axes so they don’t feel left out.

All of these new events will combine with all the traditional events like four different live music performers, carnival rides, pony rides, a petty zoo, cloggers, a Classic Car Cruise In, the Lynchburg Chamber Auction, and a fireworks show on Saturday night. For more information, visit the Lynchburg Chamber’s Facebook page. •

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