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JROTC cleans Courthouse in preparation for Scopes Festival

The stage is set and final preparations are being made at the Rhea County Courthouse in anticipation of the 2017 Scopes Festival which begins Friday. Efforts to clean up the courthouse were aiding tremendously by Rhea County High School's JROTC cadets.  Courthouse Maintenance Supervisor Tom Brady praised the group for their help. The highest ranking officer of the group, Bret Loyd, said "We wanted to clean up the courthouse for the community - so we have a good Scopes Trial Festival this year." Other help came in from the National Guard who pitched in as well. "All the rain has really put me behind," admits Brady.  "But we're hoping to ...

Annual Scopes Trial Festival features Front Page News

The biggest summer event in Rhea County, the Scopes Trial Festival, will be back this July to celebrate Dayton’s rich history as host of “The World’s Most Famous Trial”. Thanks to the hard work and creativity of people involved this year the Scopes Trial Festival is geared to be better than ever. The Scopes Trial Festival is an annual event the county puts on to celebrate arguably the most significant event in Rhea County’s history, the infamous Scopes Trial that took place in the Rhea County Courthouse in July of 1925. Scopes Festival Chairman Tom Davis is ready and excited to get this year’s Scopes Festival underway. “This ...

Scopes Festival to include Bluegrass Competition, Car Show

The annual Scopes festival is back this summer, July 14-17, but this year Rhea County residents will have even more to look forward to. On top of the normal festivities, there will also be a bluegrass festival and competition happening on July 15th. The bluegrass festival will include live bands, food and craft vendors, and even a car show. This event will mark the first of its kind in Rhea County, but there are plans to make the bluegrass festival an annual event. The idea for a bluegrass festival in Rhea County began with County Executive George Thacker. “Everything in Rhea County started with the Scopes Trial.  We’re adding a car ...

2017 Scopes Festival Tickets for “Front Page News” are Available

Tickets for “Front Page News,” the Scopes Trial play with music, are on sale now through the Scopes Festival website and Tennessee Valley Theatre. “Front Page News” will be presented July 14 (7:30 p.m.), July 15 (1 and 5 p.m.) and July 16 (2:30 p.m.) as part of the festival weekend; and on July 22 (1 and 5 p.m.) and July 23 (2:30 p.m.) when there are no festival activities on the courthouse lawn. “Front Page News” is presented in the circuit courtroom of the Rhea County Courthouse, the same room where the 1925 Scopes Evolution Trial was held. The play with music features dialogue from the trial transcript and historic accounts of ...

White Oak Basketmaking Team To Exhibit and Demonstrate at Dayton’s Scopes Festival

Nashville — Master white oak basketmaker Sue Williams of Morrison and her apprentice Brenda Kucharski of Spring City have been invited to display and demonstrate their folk craft at the Scopes Festival in Dayton, Tennessee from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 15, 2017. Williams and Kucharski will be demonstrating on the Courthouse lawn, accompanied by a PowerPoint of their work together and an exhibition of their baskets. Attendance to this special Tennessee Folklife demonstration is free and open to the public. For more information on the Scopes Festival, see http://scopesfestival.com/ Williams and Kucharski are one of eight ...

Scopes Festival adds bluegrass competition

A bluegrass competition will liven up the 29th annual Scopes Festival July 15, as bands and individual performers are invited to compete for more than $5,000 in total prizes. “We’re excited to announce this new event and expect it to be an important part of the Scopes Festival from now on,” festival chairman Tom Davis said. “We are pleased with the response from area bands and musicians to this event and believe bluegrass lovers in the area will have a great time listening to music and enjoying other parts of the festival.” Mr. Davis said the bluegrass competition was the idea of County Executive George Thacker, “who has worked ...

Front Page News 2017 Casting Calls for Chattanooga, Spring City, Dayton

DAYTON, Tenn. – The Scopes Festival is looking for men, women, teens and children who are interested in theatre and history to join the cast of Front Page News, the Festival’s annual recreation of the Scopes Evolution Trial in Dayton. Individuals interested in major, supporting and general roles in the play are invited to auditions at Tennessee Valley Theatre in Spring City (184 West Jackson Ave.) on April 15, 1:30 p.m. EDT, and in Chattanooga at 5 p.m. EDT on April 24, at the Chattanooga State Community College Theatre. Callbacks will be held as needed in the historic Scopes Trial Courtroom at Rhea County Courthouse in Dayton, where rehearsals ...

Scopes Festival and Tennessee Valley Theater partners for the 29th annual Scopes Festival

The Scopes Festival and Tennessee Valley Theater are joining hands this year as the community prepares to celebrate the 29th annual Scopes Festival July 14-23. “TVT will be handling ticket sales for the festival, members of their technical crew will help with lights and sound and some of their actors will be invited to appear on stage for the Scopes play Front Page News,” said festival Chairman Tom Davis. “TVT has a wonderful history of producing top-notch plays and presenting other entertainment throughout the year. We are delighted that the TVT leadership has agreed to take a significant role in helping the festival tell the story of ...

Scopes Scavenger Hunt presented by Spring City LEO Club

The Spring City LEO Club invites you to be part of their second annual Scavenger Hunt on July 16 at the Scopes Trial Festival. Teams consist of 4 members with at least one being over the age of 18. Registration is from 9:30 - 10:45 AM and is $8.00 per team. The Scavenger Hunt starts at 11:00 AM and lasts until 3:00 PM. Great prizes for the top 3 finishing teams.

John Scopes to be major focus at 2016 Scopes Festival

28th Annual Scopes Festival to take closer look at John Scopes John Scopes was almost the forgotten player in his famous trial in 1925, but he will be a major focus of the 28th annual Scopes Festival July 15-17. Scopes was overshadowed by the famous attorneys who argued the case – William Jennings Bryan and Clarence Darrow – but two of his grand-nieces are expected to attend the festival to meet guests and answer questions about their famous relative. In addition, two authors of books about the trial will be on hand. Nancy Rose and Lisa Rennegarbe, of Bowling Green, Kentucky, Scopes’ grand-nieces, will be at the festival to talk with ...