Sorghum Valley at the Dyer County fairgrounds comes alive with the spirit of Christmas as lights glisten and dazzle in the winter night.
Johnny Locust demonstrates a vintage sewing machine from the old Dyersburg Fabrics factory. The factory was a fixture in the Dyersburg community for many years. A fire in 2007 claimed what was left of the Dyersburg Fabrics facility. Locust went to work at the factory in 1974 and worked there until it burned.
Jessica Thompson greets visitors at the City Drug Co. exhibit at Sorghum Valley.
Local residents got to enjoy a Christmas scene straight out the early days of Dyer County on Thursday evening at the annual Christmas in Sorghum Valley at the Dyer County fairgrounds. The event will continue Friday, Dec. 7, through Saturday, Dec. 8, from 6 to 9 p.m.
The event is free and open to the public, but in the spirit of giving, the Dyer County Fair Board will be collecting donations of canned goods, animal food, coats, toys, blankets, hearing aids and eyeglasses to support the following organizations:
* Matthew 25:40
* The Union Mission
Young Dewayne Patterson shares with Santa what he wants for Christmas. Santa stopped by at Sorghum Valley on Thursday and will also be there tonight and Saturday to hear the wish lists from the boys and girls before heading back to the North Pole.
Dyer County Sheriff's Deputy Larry Shawver (left) and Dyer County Sheriff Jeff Box (right) jokingly apprehend Dyer County Mayor Richard Hill (center) whose wanted poster hung on the walls of the sheriff's jail at Sorghum Valley. The flier listed the reward for Hill's capture at $100,000.
* The Salvation Army
* The State Gazette's Coats for Kids program
* The Dyersburg/Dyer County Humane Society
Dyer County Sheriff's Deputy Larry Shawver walks his beat during the Christmas in Sorghum Valley on Thursday evening at the Dyer County Fairgrounds.
* The Lions Club
Visit www.stategazette.com to view a photo gallery of Thursday night's event.