Music, fun, food, new attractions highlight Bruce Sawmill Festival

The 2017 Bruce Sawmill Festival features a diverse musical lineup, some new attractions, and traditional favorites.
Among the new additions this year is a traveling sawmill that will be set up on the lot across from The Journal on North Newberger, two blocks north of the square.
Chad Fletcher, of Pontotoc, will be conducting demonstrations with his band mill and a Lucas mill.

Queen Lexi Harmon

Queen Lexi Harmon

“He does a lot of specialty kinds of cuts, so I expect him to show some of that,” said Mayor Rudy Pope, who organized the sawmill demonstration.
Freddie Buchanan will also be bringing some antique log trucks and there may even be a team of mules on site to show how logs were muled many decades ago.
“We hope to show a little of how the industry evolved,” Pope said. “I think it will be entertaining for people.”
The mills will be set up on Friday with a potential demonstration that afternoon. Multiple demonstrations are planned for the day on Saturday.

The musical lineup this year offers a little for everyone, especially Friday night with gospel, bluegrass and pop music on the agenda. The Liberty Hill Band, Jess Moore Band and Oxford All Stars will play from 6-10 p.m.
“Come out early, bring a lawn chair and enjoy some ice cream and good music,” said Terry Davis, Bruce Chamber Secretary. “We’re excited about our lineup this year.”
Saturday will be filled with music as well of many varities.

The festival will also feature the annual Show and Shine Car Show on Saturday. The Bruce Lions Club is sponsoring the event and prizes will be awarded to the top entries.
Those looking to get in an early morning run or walk can do so Saturday at 7:30 a.m. with the Reconnect Therapy sponsored 5K.
There will be plenty of food options available around the Square and lots of vendors have registered to sell their goods.

Local civic clubs will also be set up such as the Mason’s selling Johnny’s famous hamburgers, Fine Arts will offer their cool homemade ice cream under the chamber tent, Bruce Rotary will again be raffling a Golden Boy rifle, and the 20th Century Club will be hosting the Aqua Queen and King pageant Thursday night on the square.
Festival t-shirts will also be available throughout, including tank tops.
For more information on the festival contact the Bruce Chamber of Commerce at 983-2222.