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The 44th Annual Tater Town Special

August 30th 2017 - September 3rd 2017


Gleason, TN, also known as  Tater Town USA, is the home of the annual Tater Town Special that celebrates the special place the sweet potato once held in the industrial climate of this community. This community affair, held on Labor Day weekend each year, draws thousands of people back home to their roots to see old friends, make new acquaintances and enjoy the southern hospitality that the Gleason community is know for. The Tater Town Special features a wide range of community events spread over a period of several days, leading up to   the weekend, beginning with parades Saturday morning followed by a day of activities extending into the night. This is followed on Sunday by a community-wide church service. This weekend is also a time where Gleason High School Class Reunions are often scheduled. Information about some of this years reunions can be obtained by clicking on the graphics provided below.



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44th Annual Tater Town Special

Labor Day Weekend

August 30th 2017 - September 3rd 2017

God - Faith - Family - Country



2017 Grand Marshalls


Stacy and Tammy Collins


The 2017 Tater Town Grand Marshalls are Stacy and Tammy Collins. Stacy and Tammy were high school sweethearts and have been married since 1990. They have two children, Kaitlyn and Keaton. The Collins family has always lived in Gleason, being a significant part of the community. Their family is very active at Gleason First Baptist church, where Stacy is a long-term deacon and Tammy teaches Mission Friends. Many times a year they serve faithfully on First Baptist-LG days, Christmas family ministry, and volunteering with youth and children.


Stacy was the Gleason City Park Director for many years. Also, he eagerly coached numerous baseball teams, mentoring Gleason athletes. Stacy has spent countless hours practicing, maintaining the fields, and teaching kids the mechanics and fundamentals  of baseball, while passing down his love for the sport.


Tammy was the Gleason School nurse for years, always serving children and families beyond the nursing necessities. She often saw unspoken needs and strived hard to make those provisions. Both Stacy and Tammy have unique way of stealthily helping people without open recognition; what an honorable trait.


For the past three years, Stacy and Tammy have owned and operated Simply Southern Cafe. They not only personally run their business daily but repeatedly serve the school and the community from that business. They have volunteered their time and their cafe to benefit our students at Gleason School and ultimately the community as a whole. They have selflessly operated multiple fundraisers and donated their skill and time to fulfill numerous community needs. In 2017, they were awarded the honor of Small Business of the Year by the Weakley County Chamber of Commerce; such a well-deserved accomplishment.


Stacy and Tammy are so much more than business owners in this small town. They are a dedicated family, friends, mentors, and truly genuine assets to the entire community. Stacy and Tammy Collins certainly do make Gleason a better place to live!



Schedule of Events

Wednesday, August 30th @ 7:15 pm

Local Church Sponsored Youth Bingo Night at the Gazelle Grounds. Ages 5-17 years can play ! MUST be PRESENT for devotion ! Contact Jennifer Cook - 571-3885.

Thursday, August 31st  @ 7:00 pm

Woodmen of the World sponsored ADULT BINGO at the Gazelle Grounds. Must be 18 years old to play. Contact: Jennifer Cook - 571 - 3885. There will be a Cake Auction at intermission during Bingo.


Sweet Tater Bake-Off: Sponsored by Simply Southern. Submit Dish and Recipe by 5pm; Judging begins at 5:15 - Contact: Cil Weddington at 514-9007.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 1st @ 5:30 pm

BBQ Cook-Off at Gazelle Grounds; Gates open @  5:30pm; $7 per person.

Free Concert: Jonathan McDowell Band - Contact: Tracy Gaylord: 514-1760 ; Christi Clark: 415-3511.


Gleason Gazelle's Escape Room RV

Friday and Saturday - Multiple scenarios - Cost $5.00 per person.


Saturday, September 2nd

     J C CAREY MEMORIAL 5K RUN at Gleason School; Race begins at 7 am;  Register @ 6:30 AM; Entry Fee $15.00

Sponsored by McKenzie Medical Center- Contact: Amy Reed: 415-1795 - Nourishment provided by ADVOCARE, Independent Distributors.

Saturday, September 2nd

    Junior Parade - Register @ 9am in front of Gleason Lumber - Contact: Reba Pritchett: 514-9504

    GRAND PARADE - No Entry Fee; Register at American Legion @ 9am; Parade begins @ 10am. Contact: Cil Weddington - 514-9007

Beginning @ 11 am

Entertainment & Arts and Crafts & Food

Music by Keith Dunning

Contact: Melanie Maddox : 694-9849

SPECIAL ANTIQUE TRACTOR SHOW (Saturday, September 2nd @ 9 am

Antique Tractor & Truck Show at 9am. Contact: Charles Anderson at 695-5753 or Zac Montgomery at 234-6491or Dale Flowers at 514-5218 or Marty Morris at 4454854 for questions concerning the tractor show.

Saturday, September 2nd @ 2pm  

Mini Airplane/Helicopter Demonstration @ 2pm at Snider Park - Bring your lawn chair!

Saturday, September 2nd at 4pm at Snider Park

      Dedication Service for the Memorial  Wall @ 4pm.

      "Missing Man Presentation" Rolling Thunder - led by Jim Phelps

     Saddle Club's Horse Show @ 7pm - Contact: David @ 514-6392

(Sunday, September 3rd @ 11am - Community Church Service


Community Church Service at 11am at First Baptist Church, Pastor Bobby Rushing