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Contact: Steven McCoy, 931 232 5348 x 105
Dover, Tennessee—The National Park Service assisted with a local community festival knownas Eaglefest during the Memorial Day Weekend. This three-day event brought approximately 3,500 visitors from the surrounding Kentucky-Tennessee region into the Dover community and the national park.
The festival (May 24-26, 2008) celebrates and honors all American veterans, including the local military unit, the Screaming Eagles 101st Airborne Division, stationed at nearby Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Eaglefest highlights not only the history, but also the natural beauty (active bald eagle nests) and recreational opportunities available in the region. FortDonelson National Battlefield hosted three special programs for the festival, including the annual Memorial Day Services at the national cemetery, on Monday, May 26th.
Volunteer support made the Memorial Day weekend events a tremendous success. Local volunteers Connie Wilson, Harold Percival, George Kapit, John Walsh, plus Craig and Deborah Courtney and family assisted with battlefield programs and an evening Luminary Program at the national cemetery on Sunday, May 25th.
Local scout groups donated hundreds of hours to prepare the cemetery for the evening Luminary program. All Girl Scout troops in Dover (TN), led by Teresa and Brittany Earhart, and Boy Scout Troop #738 from Tompkinsville (KY), with leader Tony Walker, worked with park staff to prepare and light over 2,000 luminaries. An estimated 400 persons viewed or participated in the program.
A special highlight of this year’s event included the debut of the Civil War Quilt Trail, an auto-tour that uses colorful quilt blocks, prominently displayed on local businesses and buildings, to tell the history and untold stories of the region. To highlight the Quilt Trail, the park hosted a program about 19th century quilts and quilt making. Lori Ann Tippit, a historical interpreter with the Land Between the Lakes Association (US Forest Service), conducted the program.