Residents were treated to a tour of the inside of the dome on the Dyer County Courthouse during activities surrounding the Main Street Fall Festival and Courthouse Centennial Celebration.
Paddlers taking part in the Main Street Fall Festival's journey down the Forked Deer River on Saturday morning use the floating dock at the River Park to disembark. The dock deposited the paddlers right into the midst of the action, with a variety of activities taking place simultaneously at the Farmers Market. Just a few blocks away, the courthouse and Dyersburg's Historic Courthouse Square also hosted many activities.
The first Matthew 25:40 Duck Splash begins with a signal from Matthew Executive Director Amy McDonald. In the fundraiser, 500 rubber duckies were dropped off the Main Street Bridge into the Forked Deer River on Saturday morning. The first 10 ducks over the finish line at the Main Street Farmers Market earned prizes for their sponsors.
Residents and visitors attending the Main Street Fall Festival on Saturday were treated to a wide variety of activities with events stretching from the Main Street Farmers Market and Downtown River Park to the dome at the top of the Dyer County Courthouse and streets just beyond the square.
Participants were invited to paddle the Forked Deer River, listen to blues, country and bluegrass (and even a little '50s music), eat barbecue and shaved ice, enjoy birthday cake, listen to a little history, explore the inner workings of the courthouse dome, enjoy the pride and joy of many antique car owners, speak with a local author and earn bragging rights and prizes pitching washers or watching rubber ducks navigate the river.
The festival, which annually marks the end of the season at the Main Street Farmers Market, took on a few new activities this year as the Dyer County Historical Society commemorated the 100th birthday of the construction of the Dyer County Courthouse.
Entries in the Forked Deer Antique Car Show dominated the block between Court Street and McGaughey.
Dyer County Mayor Richard Hill cuts a cake commemorating the Dyer County Courthouse's 100th birthday as Dyer County Historical Society President Danny Walden looks on. A beautiful cake with a photo of the courthouse, cupcakes and cold water were served to residents attending the Main Street Fall Festival. Residents attending sang 'Happy Birthday' as the cake was passed out.
What do Davy Crockett, the Liberty Bell, a Japanese submarine, a gangster's car riddled with bullet holes and a caged wild panther all have in common? Each has spent time on the lawn of the Dyer County Courthouse. Dyer County historian Earl Willoughby opened his presentation on the history of the structures that have served as courthouses in Dyer County with a list of unusual artifacts that have graced Veterans Square. Willoughby's presentation took place in the downstairs courtroom of the Dyer County Courthouse as part of the building's centennial celebration.
Matthew 25:40 Executive Director Amy McDonald and a helper present Freida Berry with her eighth-place prize in the organization's first Duck Splash.
Sylvester Simpson's duck also placed in the race. His duck earned the seventh-place prize.