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 have everything ready by tomorrow.”

Coninciding, but not part of the festival, will be the unveiling of the Clarence Darrow statue at 10 AM, Friday morning.

Scopes Trial Festivities will commence Friday evening at 5 PM with Music on the courthouse lawn followed by the year’s first performance of Front Page News, a historical re-enactment produced by the Cumberland County Playhouse as directed by Jim Crabtree.

The stage is set for the first ever Scopes Festival Bluegrass. (Elmer Harris / Rhea Review)

Festivities will continue Saturday with the first ever Scopes Bluegrass Festival beginning at 11 AM (continues until 11 PM).  Expect craft demonstrations such as quilting, blacksmiths, and basket makers on the courthouse lawn.

Front Page News has two showtimes Saturday, 1 PM and 5 PM (tickets required).

Visit scopesfestival.com for full schedule and additional Front Page News showtimes.