SummerFest 2014

SummerFest 2014 concluded with a day full of events on Main Street on Saturday, July 26th. The day included a Bike Show, a Flower Show, a Quilt Show, a Bake Off, and a 5 Alarm Chili Cook-Off. Walking tours of Main Street were hosted by the Tazewell County Historical Society, along with carriage tours of the Town’s historic district, and trolley tours to the scenic Smiley Ratliff farm. Tai Kwon Do demonstrations were held, and singers from near and far entertained the crowds.

SummerFest 2014 – Praise & Worship Night

The SummerFest 2014 kicked off in Tazewell on Thursday, July 24 with the 2nd annual Breaking Down the Walls praise and worship event at the Main Street Mini-Park. Hosted by Gary Riddle, the event featured guest speakers Bernerd Cornwell, Lawrence Hayes, and Jason Snapp. Music was provided by Patricia Smith, Lyrical Precha, and Andrew Lawrence.

Tazewell Train Station Open House

An Open House was held at the Tazewell Train Station on Friday, July 25. Over 200 were in attendance for the event, and the committee looks forward to progress with the plans. For more information on how you can help them achieve the goals, please visit the Tazewell Train Stations website here or their Facebook here.

Cruise In on Main Street Series

The Town of Tazewell held the first of it’s Cruise In summer series on Saturday, June 21, 2014. Vintage cars, trucks, and motorcycles were on display, and the musical group Pieces of One entertained the crowd at this free event.

The second Cruise In was held on July 26, featuring music from the Beach Nite Band, following the conclusion of SummerFest 2014, along with another on August 16.

All types of vehicles participated, including fast and furious cars, motorcycles, street rods, classic and muscle cars, as well as kids pedal and battery operated mini cars.

For more information call 276-385-5745. Also, visit their website at and their Facebook.

Scenes from July 26:

Scenes from June 21:



Back of the Dragon 2014

Back of the Dragon Days were held on June 13, 14, and 15th at Tazewell High School. The events featured live music, food and vendor displays, along with a bike show conducted by the Iron Titans Motorcycle Club. The Jimmy Ramey Jr. Memorial Run was conducted by the Tazewell County ABATE chapter.

Tazewell County Public Library – Comic Con 2014

The Tazewell County Public Library proudly hosted the first Comic-Con in Tazewell County on June 7th from 10am – 2pm. Comic-Cons celebrate comics, super heroes, science fiction, fantasy, and gaming. This free family-friendly event kicks off their 2014 summer children’s program.


The Richlands High School robotics team, the Techie Tornadoes, appeared at the library at 12pm to give a robotics demonstration. They recently won the Virginia state championship and appeared in the world competition in St. Louis, MO. Learn more about them on their Facebook page.

Clinton Rowntree Blevins was born in the magical land of Jackson, Mississippi. On a trip to England in 1990, he began writing his first book at the age of eight, which was a thrilling success, and international bestseller, in his eight-year old mind. Since that time he has felt an urgency to get his stories out of his head, in some format, before they steal all of his sleep, and drive him mad. In 2008 he began writing screenplays for Luminarium Pictures, owned by award winning producer Mark Fincannon and Tamara Bracken. C. R. Blevins lives in East Tennesee. He discussed his book A Western Tale – Part One: The Overture, which is a stylized fantasy novel set in the wild west. Part Two: The Bridge is actually getting released this winter. Check out his website and Facebook page.

Local artist Melissa Angles gave workshops for children on drawing techniques. She has a BA from Sterling College in Kansas with a concentration in Studio Art. She has taught Art to children at Bluefield College’s Fine Arts Community School.

Technical Services Librarian Erica Hall gave a talk about “Women in Comics.” This discussion centered around the state of female heroines, female writers, and female fans in comics.

Reference Librarian Chris Wilkes recommended comics/graphic novels for children, teens, and adults in his panel “Graphic Novel Recommendations.” This is a perfect starter for those new to the graphic novel format or want to read comics besides superheroes.

A small video gaming area was set aside to play Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Just Dance, and Mario Kart.