Festival is tribute to family

Festival is tribute to family

The City of Greenfield and Pope’s Concessions will once again offer an annual event designed to bring together the community for food and fellowship.
For the last 15 years, the Pope family of Greenfield has put together a unique festival in celebration of the fiddlestick. A fiddlestick is made with Turner vanilla ice cream, dipped in dark chocolate, and covered in fresh-chopped peanuts. The J.D. Sullivan and Roy Pope families have been making fiddlesticks since 1924 and providing them to various communities through Pope’s Concessions.
Roy Pope died in 1982, and his son Jimmy, carried on the family tradition until his death in 2010. Grandson James Roy Pope continues the tradition of the annual Fiddlestick Extravaganza.
“It’s a great event for our community, our county and our region. The Fiddlestick Extravaganza provides an excellent opportunity for people to renew old acquaintances in Greenfield. We invite everyone to come out, enjoy and celebrate the Fiddlestick Extravaganza,” Greenfield Mayor Eddie Joe McKelvy said.
“Join us for the food, fun, fellowship, entertainment and free carnival rides at the 16th annual Fiddlestick Extravaganza in Greenfield. This year’s event promises to be the biggest and best ever. Fiddlesticks are a family tradition for the Pope family. Make the Fiddlestick Extravaganza a family tradition for your family,” McKelvy added.
This year’s event will take place on Front Street in the middle block of downtown Greenfield and is dedicated to the memory of the late Jimmy Pope.
A community-wide worship service and gospel singing is planned for 7 p.m. Wednesday. The service will be led by Moore’s Chapel Baptist Church.
While adults can enjoy an evening of worship, children can take advantage of the free carnival rides starting that day at 3 p.m. through Saturday evening.
Businesses, industries and donations from individuals help sponsor the free carnival rides.
The Predator monster truck will roll into Greenfield Wednesday. It has been modified over the years to serve as a beacon of entertaining rides for guests of all ages for $5 each.
Thursday evening offers a night of singing with open mike night and karaoke with Hawk Specialty Services of Lebanon. The event is sponsored by Shelton Home Improvement and Shelton’s Restaurant.
A singing bee, sponsored by First State Bank will take place Friday from 6-9 p.m. This is a first for the Fiddlestick Extravaganza.
The Greenfield Fire Department will offer free fire truck rides from 1-4 p.m. Saturday.
Turner Dairy will sponsor an ice cream eating contest at 2 p.m. Saturday. The contest is open to people of all ages and trophies will be awarded to the winners.
The band Double Take will hit the stage from 2:30-5:30 Saturday afternoon.
Greenfield Banking Company is also sponsoring more live music from 7 -10 that night.
Coca-Cola Bottling Company is sponsoring a bicycle giveaway at 9 Saturday night. The lucky winner must be present to win.
Throughout the festival, Pope’s Concessions will offer fiddlestick-making demonstrations.
“We invite everyone to bring your family to Greenfield during the 16th annual Fiddlestick Extravaganza for some good, wholesome, family fun and some great Southern hospitality,” McKelvy said.
For more information or to become a sponsor, call James Roy Pope at 235-3576 and leave a message.

WCP 4.17.12

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