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 Gleason, Tennessee's 40th Annual TaterTown Special


Labor Day Weekend:

August 25 ~ September 1



Sunday, August 25th



Releasing of the Doves in Memory of J C Carey ~ Sponsored  by the Gleason Clinic at the Gleason Clinic ~ 2:00 PM

Grand Marshall Reception honoring Servants of Tatertown at the First United Methodist Church ~ 2:30 PM.

Monday, August 26th


Wide Open Wrestling at the Gazelle Grounds - $5.00 Admission. Contact: Cil Weddington 514-9007 ~ 6:30 PM.


Tuesday, August 27th

Adult Bingo at the Gazelle Grounds. Must be at least 18 years old to play. Contact Jennifer Cook at 571-3885~ 7:00

Cake Auction at intermission during during bingo.


Wednesday,  August 28th


Youth Bingo night at the Gazelle Grounds. Age 5 - 17 years can play. MUST BE PRESENT FOR DEVOTIONAL. Contact: Jennifer Cook - 571-3885 ~ 7:15 PM


Thursday, August 29th


Concert by BETHANY ELLIS. Also featuring local special music at First Baptist Church, Contact: Cristi Clark: 415-3511 ~ 7:00 PM.


Friday August 30th


Tater Town Special Sweet Potato Bake-Off   "CASH" prizes awarded! Drop off begins at 5:00 PM ~ Judging at 5:15 PM. Contact: Cil Weddington at 514 - 9007.


Tater Town Special BBQ Cook-Off at the Gazelle Grounds.

Gates open at 5:30 PM ~ $5.00 per person - Free Concert: Hard Drive - Contact: Tracy Gaylord: 514-6185; Christi Clark: 415-3511.


Free Concert - HARD DRIVE. Contact: Tracy Gaylord 514-6185; Christi Clark 415 - 3511.

  Saturday September 1st


J C CAREY MEMORIAL 5 K Run at Gleason School ~ Race Begins at 7:00 AM

Register at 6:30 AM - Entry Fee is $10.00. Sponsored by McKenzie Medical Center. Contact Amy Reed: 415-1795.

Junior Parade

Register in front of Gleason Lumber at 9:00 AM. Contact: Reba Pritchett 514-9504.

Grand Parade

Register at American Legion at 9:00 AM. Parade begins at 10:00 AM. No Entry Fee. Contact: Cil Weddington ~ 514-9007.

Saturday ~ Beginning at 11:00 AM. . .

Entertainment & Arts & Crafts & Food. Music by LONGSHOT Contact: Melanie MaddoX ~ 694-9849.

Antique Tractor and Truck Show at 8:00 AM ~ In front of Gleason School. Contact: Charles Anderson 695-5753; Zac Montgomery 234-6491; Marty Morris 445-4854; Dale Flowers ~ 514-5218.

Saddle Club's Fun Night ~ 7:30 PM ~ Contact: David at 514-6392.


Sunday, September 1st


11:00 AM ~ Community Church Service ~  First United Presbyterian Church ~ Jim Pinnell.


Class Reunions and Other Activities


The class of 1963 will be having their 50 year class reunion on Saturday, August 31, 2013 at 6:30 at the First Baptist Church of Gleason.


Members of the Class of 1962 are following up on their last year's 2012 Tater Town reunion by planning a get together on Saturday, August 31st at 1:00 PM at Hig's Restaurant on Highway 22 in McKenzie (Dutch Treat Lunch Buffet ($8.99 + drink + tax. All members of the Class of 1962 and other friends are invited.


2013 Grand Marshall:

Servants of Tatertown


What an awesome community we live in. Where would Tatertown be without the dedication of those who love Gleason? We have so many people in our small town who freely give their time and talents for the betterment of out community. From the leaders who guide our town to the nameless supporters, Gleason is grounded by the Humble Servants of Tatertown.


This marks our 40th Tatertown Special and we honor those who have offered their time and talents throughout the years. We want to give recognition to several special people in honor of their service, devotion, and leadership for, not only the Tatertown special, but also our community.


Jack Dunning has previously served as Mayor of Gleason for 25 years. Jack has a great love for the town of Gleason. He has given countless hours, providing Gleason with the leadership needed to thrive while selflessly giving of his own time above and beyond what was required of his office.


Ronnie Lawrence has been a faithful friend of the Tatertown Special and the Gleason Gazelles. He has volunteered his expertise for years in the background, assisting the Gazelles in preparing for the annual Tatertown festivities. He was pivotal in the building of the pavilion on the Gazelle Grounds, which is used not only during the Tatertown special but throughout the year for many special events.


The Gleason's Women's club has also been an integral part of making our town a better place to live. This club, based on Christian values, perform charitable acts and also has contributed to the beautification of our town.


Our annual Tatertown Special would not even exist if not for the past Gazelles and Gazelle presidents. Forty years ago the Gazelles decided to plan an event to bring our community together for a day of fellowship. It took an entire year to plan the one-day event that has forever changed Labor Day weekend in Gleason.


No words will ever be enough to say Thank You to each person and group who contributed to Gleason and to the Tatertown Special. It is with supreme gratitude that we thank all the humble servants for making Gleason a wonderful place to live!


Jack Dunning - Ronnie Lawrence

Past Gazelles and Gazelle Presidents

Gleason Women's Club





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