Longtime La Vergne residents to lead Old Timers Festival parade


Longtime La Vergne residents Donnie and Teresa Fergus have accepted the invitation to serve as Parade Grand Marshal for the 2021 Old Timers Festival.

Led by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, the festival takes place in September

“This year’s theme is ‘The Historic Harvest’ and the Fergus family has operated a farm in La Vergne for over a century,” Parks Director David McGowen said. “This is the 22nd year that Donnie and Teresa have participated in the Old Timers Festival and we felt it appropriate to honor them for their commitment to the city and the festival.”

Longtime La Vergne residents Teresa and Donnie Fergus were chosen as Grand Marshals for the town's Old Timers Day Parade in September.

Donnie Fergus’ grandfather bought the property he currently lives on in 1920. His father used the property as a dairy farm. Although they no longer cultivate, they continue to raise animals on the property.

Donnie and Teresa were both born and raised in the city, as were their two daughters, both graduates of Lycée La Vergne. They started demonstrating at the Old Timers Festival as blacksmiths in 1999 and in 2000 started cooking white beans over an open fire, which they continue to do to this day.

The Old Timers Festival 2021 with a 7 p.m. launch concert on Friday, September 17 featuring Resurrection – A Journey Tribute. The next day, parade in the heart of La Vergne at 10 am. The parade route begins at City Hall and descends Murfreesboro Road before ending at Veterans Memorial Park, 115 Floyd Mayfield Drive.

After the parade there will be live music, entertainment for children, food, vendors and live demonstrations by traders and tradespeople. The festival will end with a concert on Saturday evening at 7 p.m. with the Eaglemaniacs.

There is still time to register to participate. Contact La Vergne Parks and Recreation with any questions at 615-793-3224 or visit Lavergnetn.gov/otf.

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