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Uncle Dave Macon Days Make For A Step Back In Time

May 12, 2012

Some things are too good to stop doing.

For many who call Murfreesboro home, the summer tradition of Uncle Dave Macon Days, which is scheduled for July 13 through July 15 this year, includes packing the kids in the car and heading out for a fun-filled day in the sun with roasted corn-on-the-cob and loads of old-time music and dancing.

Uncle Dave Macon used to tote wagon loads from Woodbury to Murfreesboro, and along the way he would entertain people by playing his banjo and singing.

Macon would also hold small performances throughout the community, especially at area schools, introducing himself as “Uncle Dave.”

When the progression of automobiles made his wagon-transport business difficult, Macon turned to his music to support the family, becoming one of the first superstars of the Grand Ole Opry.

Macon died in 1952 after 34 years as a professional entertainer, and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1966.

The festival celebrating Macon’s spirit for entertaining and sharing his love of music began in 1977 and was held in downtown Murfreesboro on the Public Square. That first one-day music festival was called the “Home Grown Days.”

After several years the event grew from the one-day event to a three-day festival. Later the festivities were moved to Cannonsburgh to accommodate the crowds who turned out to enjoy the celebration.

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