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John Maher Builders Spring Hill Country Ham Festival, Oct. 6 and 7

The ninth annual John Maher Builders Spring Hill Country Ham Festival be held Saturday and Sunday Oct. 6 and 7 at the Tennessee Children’s Home campus in Spring Hill.

The John Maher Builders Spring Hill Country Ham Festival has become a Middle Tennessee tradition with one-of-a-kind arts and crafts vendors from all over the state and some of the best food to be found anywhere. Unique handcrafted items such as bows, jewelry, fall decorations, art and even children’s toys are just a few of the treasures waiting to be claimed. TriStar ER of Spring Hill is hosting the food court that will feature festival fare favorites –everything from barbeque, roasted corn and homemade donuts to ice cream, fresh squeezed lemonade and –of course- country ham.

Festival-goers will also enjoy non-stop entertainment both days of the festival performed on the Vanderbilt Medical Center Main Stage. The Ham Family is leading the charge as Masters of Ceremony. The father and sons act of Leiper’s Fork has been on the music scene in Nashville since 2009 with their eclectic mix of country, blue grass and “a little bit of soul.” The Hams write most of their own music and incorporate banjo, fiddle, mandolin, bass, guitars and harmonic singing into their performances.

Live performances from some of Nashville’s finest musicians will join in the fun for Saturday’s lineup including the songwriting duo “The Austin Brothers” with their guest 10-year-old Brielle Mackenzie; the legendary husband and wife team of Joel and LeAnne Ulmer as “2Country4Nashville;” touring artist Amy Hart and The Amy Hart Band; the “rural route rock ‘n roll band” MidDay Farm Report and the classic rock cover band “Bad Dog.” Also part of Saturday’s entertainment will be the Hog Calling Contest sponsored by Mid-State Title and Escrow. A spectacular fireworks exhibit will begin at dusk.

Sunday’s equally fabulous lineup will include Michelle Murray who’s latest hit single is “Love me like you love your Truck;” the Tune Doctors who offer a classic rock and blues review; Adam James & the Firecrackers who always have a good time performing their original songs like old friends; the expert musicians of L’Angelus – a band with Louisiana roots, Cajun fiddle tunes, saxophone and New Orleans influenced R&B; Janet Hattabaugh who is a 24-year-old country/folk/bluegrass singer/songwriter and the Jason Graham Band that is very popular in and around the Nashville music scene.

As if all of the fun and excitement of great food, unique arts and crafts vendors and a high-volume lineup of entertainment were not enough, the Kid’s Zone at this year’s John Maher Builders Spring Hill Country Ham Festival will be better than ever. Local businesses have teamed up with Kids’ Zone sponsor Maury Regional Medical Center to offer tons of free activities for kids including games, face painting, inflatables and more. Kids of all ages will also have the chance to enjoy free monster truck rides on Saturday.

“This festival truly represents the best that fall has to offer,” said Andy Meldrum, Executive Director of the CHF of Spring Hill Community Foundation, Inc., the 501(c)3 organization behind the festival. “Most of all, this family-friendly event is a celebration of community. Be sure to mark your calendars for Oct. 6 and 7.

Sponsors for this year’s Country Ham Festival include: John Maher Builders (title sponsor for the 9th year in a row), Maury Regional Medical Center, TriStar ER of Spring Hill, Vanderbilt Medical Center, Community South Bank and Mid-State Title and Escrow.”

The ninth annual John Maher Builders Spring Hill Country Ham Festival will take place Saturday and Sunday Oct. 6 and 7, at the Tennessee Children’s Home, 804 Branham Hughes Blvd. in Spring Hill. Hours are 10 a.m. until dark on Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Admission to this family fun event is $3 per person (children ages 3 and under are admitted free). Highlights of the day include a free Kid’s Zone with 12 inflatables, more than 70 arts and crafts booths, 24 fabulous food vendors, a main stage hosted by the “Ham Family” with music provided by Middle Tennessee talent, free monster truck rides, games and competitions. A spectacular fireworks exhibit will begin at dark. Also new this year will be the “Hog Jog,” a 5K cross country race beginning at 8 a.m. the day of the festival.

For information, visit or call Andy Meldrum at 615-429-7115. The CHF of Spring Hill Community Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)3 organization.




Posted on: 9/26/2012


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