Lynchburg Chamber seeking Frontier Days vendors

Katrina Douglas of Winchester – or Hurricane Katrina as she called herself – won the first annual Frontier Days Skillet Toss Grand Champion with the longest toss of the day at a whopping 50 feet. It was just one of the new events in 2023 that drew big crowds. (Photo Provided)

LYNCHBURG — The annual Frontier Days Festival will return to the historic Lynchburg Square and Wiseman Park on Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22 and the Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce is currently accepting vendor applications.

Last year’s events turned out to be the surprise success of the season. The Lynchburg Chamber Frontier Days Committee worked hard to infuse the event with some fresh energy adding a SCA Steak Cookoff, a Kid’s Pedal Tractor Pull, a Ladies’ Skillet Toss Contest, an Antique Tractor & Truck Show, a Lynchburg Beard & Mustache contest, and old-fashion ice cream social, ax throwing, and car show.

These new events were in addition to the carnival rides, petting zoo, cultural arts exhibits, live music, cloggers, and arts and crafts vendors people have come to love and expect over the years.

Vendor success stories in 2023 included local artists, crafters, locally-made, handmade, as well as small businesses selling holistic and all natural, locally-sourced products.

Lynchburg Square will be closed to traffic

In fact, the crowd swelled to such a capacity in 2023 that local public safety officials ended up closing down traffic on the Lynchburg Square completely to avoid issues. Originally, the Chamber requested that just the interior of the square be closed to traffic to allow Jack Daniel’s tour buses to still enter the square and shop at local small businesses. However as the day progressed, local officials shut down all entrances to avoid issues.

In the recent Metro Chamber meeting, Sheriff Tyler Hatfield stated that he anticipated the entire square would be need to be closed this year.

“In years past we closed all of it and local business owners complained because the crowd size felt small,” Sheriff Hatfield explained to the Council on Monday. “But this past year, we didn’t close it and the crowds were much larger than we anticipated. I think moving forward we need to close the entire square for our big events like Frontier Days and the Jack Daniel’s Barbecue. We can always open it back up if we need to.”

Applications due by June 9

Fees for a 10 x 10 space will be $60. Multiple spaces can be secured at a discount and limited power (a 20-amp plug) will add an additional $20 fee. Food vendor fees are $80 for a single 10×10 space, $125 for a 20×20 space, and $210 for two 20×20 spaces. Chamber food truck member’s will receive a discount on those rates. Non-profit 501(c)3 organizations can participate for free. The set up time will be on Friday, June 21 at 4:30 p.m. with the event kicking off at 6 p.m.

Vendors must furnish their own tables, chairs, canopies, tents, and approved extension cords. Canopies and tents must be secured /weighted down to avoid injury and or damage. Food Vendors must show proof of fire extinguisher. Vendors using electricity are required to use approved yellow extension cords that will be inspected by a Chamber representative. Use of generators is discouraged.

For a full vendor’s application click this link. For questions about space availability contact Jeff Wohlgemuth at 931.759.4111 or email [email protected].

Applications with payment are due no later than June 9. Completed applications can be mailed to the Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 421, Lynchburg, TN 37352. •

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