The 41st Annual Tater Town Special
Labor Day Weekend
- August 30th 2014
Sumner Named 2014 Parade Grand Marshal
2014 Grand Marshal for the Tater Town Special is Bro. Keith Sumner,
pastor at First Baptist Church. Bro. Keith was born and raised in
He is the son of Earl and Martha Sumner. He has one brother, Scott.
eith and his family moved to Gleason in 2003 when he became pastor
at First Baptist Church .
Bro. Keith married Tina Flowers Sumner in 1987and
they have spent 27 wonderful years together. They have three sons:
Josh, Ben, and Chris. Bro. Keith is very family oriented, which is
why he feels so at home in Gleason. Keith often says that he
couldn’t think of a better place to raise his boys.
Bro. Keith is a Gleason Volunteer Fireman and has
been a Gleason First Responder. For years, Keith has assisted the
Gazelles with the sound system for the Tater Town Special.
He has served on the Library Board and is the
occasional announcer for Gleason sporting events. For many years, he
has also been the emcee for Hometown Christmas and for Relay for
Life. Bro. Keith also partners with Bank of Gleason and Gleason
Clinic to assist them each December by being that special person
local children enjoy every Christmas.
First Baptist Church has grown with his
leadership, true dedication, and the hard work he puts into all he
does. Bro. Keith’s true passion is Missions. His heart follows the
Great Commission serving in Kosovo and Honduras outside the USA.
During his career, he’s also served in Arkansas,
Cincinnati, and other places surrounding Tennessee, as well as
inside Tennessee in Memphis. Bro. Keith is currently instrumental in
local missions in Gleason, by the coordination of LG Day, which are
times set aside to help people within the town.
Bro. Keith has also organized Annual Prayer Walks
for Gleason school, as well as for the National Day of Prayer. Bro.
Keith is willing to help whenever the need arises. He’s always
willing to assist everyone who asks something of him.
He has made a profound influence throughout the
town of Gleason, touching lives of many of its citizens by serving
as an outstanding role model and leader. By his selfless service and
dedication, Bro. Keith Sumner has truly made the community of
Gleason a better place to live.
The Grand Marshall reception honoring Keith
Sumner will be held at the First Baptist Church at 6:00 pm. on
Thursday, August 28. Source: Dresden Enterprise.
CLICK HERE FOR GRAND MARSHALL CELEBRATION
SATURDAY, AUGUST 23rd
The Gleason Gazelles are hosting a night of
SWAG Wrestling on Saturday night, August 23rd, at the Gazelle
Grounds, beginning at 7:00 pm. Come out and enjoy this new Tater Town event.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 26th
TOWN SWEET POTATO BAKE-OFF
The Gleason Gazelles and Simply Southern
Restaurant are sponsoring a “sweet potato” bake-off on Tuesday, August 26th,
at the Simply Southern Restaurant in Gleason. Individuals must submit their
prepared dishes and recipes by 5:00 at the restaurant for judging. The dishes
must have sweet potatoes as an ingredient. First Prize will win a $50 cash
prize and second and third place receiving gift certificates from the
restaurant. For more information contact Cil Weddington at 514-9007.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 26th
TOWN SPECIAL ADULT BINGO-
The Gleason Gazelles are sponsoring a night
of free “Bingo on the Gazelle Grounds”. Come and enjoy the excitement of winning
valuable prizes. The fun starts at 7 pm on Tuesday night, August 26th.
Free admission. You must be 18 to participate.
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 27th
TOWN SPECIAL YOUTH NIGHT - YOUTH BINGO
On Wednesday night, August 27th,
the Gleason Gazelles will sponsor Youth Bingo. A short devotional will be held
at 7:15 with Bingo to follow. You must attend the devotional to play Bingo.
Kindergarten through age 17 are invited to play. For more information call
Jennifer Cook at 571-3885.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 28th
Marshall reception honoring Keith Sumner will be held at the First Baptist
Church at 6:00 pm.
CLICK HERE FOR GRAND MARSHALL CELEBRATION
BLUE GRASS BAND IN CONCERT
The Gleason Gazelles are sponsoring a
concert featuring Bethel’s Blue Grass Band on Thursday, August 28th,
at the Gleason First Baptist Church. Jonathan McDowell of Gleason will be
performing before the Band takes the stage. The Singing will start at 7:00 pm.
and admission is free. Come and enjoy a night of wonderful gospel music. For
more information call Cil Weddington at 514-9007.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 29th
TOWN SPECIAL BBQ COOK-OFF
Fire up those grills for the last big
cook-out of the summer and participate in the Tater Town Cook-off on Friday,
August 29th, at the Gazelle Grounds. Specialties to choose from include BBQ,
Chicken, Ribs, Hamburgers and Hotdogs. Gates will open to the public at 5:30 pm.
There will be live entertainment. Adult admission is $7.00 to enter and eat till
it’s gone.. For more information call Tracy Gaylord at 514-6185 or Christi Clark
SATURDAY, AUGUST 30th
TOWN J C CAREY 5K MEMORIAL RACE
The Gleason Gazelles are sponsoring the
second annual J C Carey 5K Memorial Race on Saturday, August 30th.
Entries will register in front of the Gleason School at 6:30 am. The race will
begin at 7:00 am. The race is sponsored by the McKenzie Medical Center in honor
of the late J C Carey. The entry fee is $l5.00. For more information call Amy
Reed at 415-1795.
SATURDAY AUGUST 30th
TOWN SPECIAL ANTIQUE TRACTOR SHOW
An Antique Tractor & Truck Show will be
held on the front lawn of the Gleason School on Saturday, August 30th.
Show entries may be driven through the Grand Parade if desired, then parked on
the school lawn for show. There are no entry fees. Call Charles Anderson at
695-5753 or Zac Montgomery at 234-6491or Dale Flowers at 514-5218 or Marty
Morris at 445-4854 for questions concerning the tractor show.
Tractor & Truck Show
(No entry fees
and free to the public)
Saturday August 30th, 2014
Front Lawn of Gleason School
Hauler trailer parking behind the Gleason School
Participants are encouraged to drive in the Tater Town Parade
through downtown Gleason. No Registration fees for the Parade at
the American Legion Parking Lot. Line up time: 9:30 am
Concessions and Restrooms are available at
the adjacent Gazebo Grounds. No electricity
tractors: We invite
all makes and models of rubber tired antique
Tractors of any condition, Hit/Miss Engines, and Old
One of a kind trophy for “Best of Show”. Tractor
Vendors or shop/swaps welcome. No setup fee.
Anderson @ 695-5753, Zac Montgomery @ 234-6491,
Dale Flowers @ 514-5218, or Marty Morris at 445-4854
No Alcohol or
Drugs allowed. Not responsible for theft or accident.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 30th
TATER TOWN PARADES
The Gleason Gazelles invite everyone to
participate in this year’s Parades on Saturday, August 30th,
beginning at 10:00 am. The theme for this year’s parade is “Saluting Our Local
Industry”. Kids are invited to decorate bikes, trikes, 4-wheelers, go-carts,
etc, and ride in the Jr Parade. Registration will be in front of Gleason Lumber
Co. at 9:00 am. Registration for the Grand Parade will be in the American Legion
Parking lot at 9:00 am. Trophies will be awarded in several categories. There is
no entry fee for either parade. All horse entries will register at the Gleason
Saddle Club. Make plans now to attend.
See Mr. Lloyd
Delaney's model of Downtown Gleason from the Mid 1940's
- 1950's - At the Senior Citizens
CRAFTS, & BOOTHS AT THE GAZELLE GROUNDS
The Gleason Gazelles wish to invite are
Arts & Crafts Dealers and local merchants to set up booths at the Tater Town
Special. The set up fee is $10.00. For more information call Melanie Maddox at
SUNDAY, AUGUST 31st
CHURCH SERVICE: 11:00 AM - AT THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH: KEITH SUMNER
The Gleason High School Class of
1964 will have their 50th Class Reunion on Saturday, August 30th. This
Fifty-year celebration is scheduled to begin at 6:00PM with a great meal in the
company of old friends at Mallards Restaurant in Huntingdon.
After the meal, those wishing to
continue visiting with classmates can take a short walk up to the Huntingdon
Court Square and continue visiting in the basement of The Dixie.
Be sure and note that the Class
of '64 will be having a float in the Tater Town Special parade on Saturday
morning so, if you were in the class of 1964, be sure and get to the
parade venue in time to take a ride on this special float.
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