This year's Drennon Days Festival & Trail Ride took place on Saturday, October 13, and Sunday, October 14, our third event since resuming the festival in 2010.  This year also marked our 150th year as a church, so we hosted a special anniversary service.

This year we had wall-to-wall outdoor music from the morning till late afternoon, including Unveiled Music Ministry, Ye Merrie Melodious Dulcimers, Robby Cox, Grace Upon Grace and the Billy Scrivner Band.

  We had our traditional historic slide show with Linda Roberts and our storytelling hosted by Eleanor Jones Sharp, as well as several local artists and craftspeople who brought their wares. 

We brought back the kids' activities and games last year, to great success.  This year we had a Pumpkin Hunt, Sack Races, a Cake Walk, etc.

  Over the two days there were around 100 trail riders that traveled north and south of 202.

  Sunday morning we had two worship services, including our first to take place in the trail ride bottom.  Balaam's Mule Gospel Bluegrass Band led with old-timey music, and band member/youth pastor Chad Patterson brought the message.  After the service at the bottom, the band and several Drennonites moved across the road to the chapel and had the second service.  With at least 44 in attendance at the creek bottom and exactly 56 at the chapel, we had a total attendance of 100 for the first time in several years.

  On Sunday afternoon we hosted a 150th anniversary service, led by Eleanor Jones Sharp.  We had three special guests in past ministers Wayne Nelson (and wife Sandy) and Dan Webster.

Saturday and Sunday, October 8th and 9th, 2011 marked the second Festival & Trail Ride weekend since our resumption in 2010.  Here are some photos of what went on.

We brought back the kids' activities and games this year, to great success.  We included Face Painting, a Pumpkin Hunt, Sack Races, a Cake Walk and a Tug of War.  Next year we'll expand this area even further.

  We had our traditional historic slide show with Linda Roberts and our storytelling hosted by Eleanor Jones Sharp, as well as several local artists and craftspeople who brought their wares.  This year we also brought back some primitive camping with Gary Gosser and family.

  On Saturday there were around 100 trail riders that traveled north of 202.

  We brought back outdoor music and enjoyed Ye Merrie Melodious Dulcimers, Billy Scriver's Gospel Music, Mr. and Mrs. John Harrod's acoustic music, Cara Hazzard's contemporary Christian singing and Pam Coombs' young students, including our own Rachel & Sidney Bush.

  This year we enjoyed food all day brought by The Grub Shack, Chops Style BBQ, Providence Baptist Church Mission Group and the return of the Drennon Christian Church bean kettle.

  Sunday morning we had two worship services, including our first to take place in the trail ride bottom.  Balaam's Mule Gospel Bluegrass Band led with old-timey music, and band member/youth pastor Chad Patterson brought the message.  Chad and Jason Patterson, also in the band, are Bro. Corey's cousins from Ohio County, KY, home of Bill Monroe and bluegrass music.  After the service at the bottom, the band and several Drennonites moved across the road to the chapel and had the second service.  This turned out to be a big hit and hopefully will occur in the future as well.

  On Sunday there were 28 trail riders that traveled south of 202.   

We welcomed back the Drennon Days Festival & Trail Ride on Saturday and Sunday, October 9th and 10th, 2010.  Below you'll find links to lots of photos from the weekend.

Balaam's Mule Gospel Bluegrass band brought us both the music and the message the Sunday morning of our Festival.

 The Drennon Springs name comes from the many natural sulphur springs in the area.  Here is the still-active blue spring from the Festival weekend.

       Amongst the entertainers for the weekend were Ye Merrie Melodious Dulcimers, a chainsaw artist (Tony Abbott), iron forgers (Tony & Regina deCaro) quilters (the Henry County Homemakers), historians (Linda Roberts) and storytellers (including Eleanor Jones Sharp).

Amongst the historic sites in the area are the locations of the old hotels, military institute and stores.

The Trail Ride hosted over seventy riders on Saturday and over fifty on Saturday.

Our church yard was full of vendors and artists.