published Monday, August 12th, 2013

Get Off The Couch: ‘Duck D’ contest, plus week of music

BARRY COURTER: Lisa, the Sequatchie County Fair starts on Wednesday, and it has come up with a truly great idea that seems to hit all the marks. It’s going to hold a “Duck Dynasty” lookalike contest. Perfect. The only way it gets better is if a woman takes the runner-up prize. Only because it’d be funny.

LISA DENTON: Don’t count it out. Menopause can do some tricky things to middle-age women. And you’re right about this being a great idea. I know a few people in Sequatchie County who won’t even have to dress the part.

BARRY: There are people there who could win without being aware they entered. Love it.

LISA: The “Duck Dynasty” contest is at 5 p.m. CDT on Thursday. The fair runs through Saturday, with all the stuff you normally associate with county fairs. They’ll have close to 100 quilts on display, plus all the homemade goods people are entering to win blue ribbons. They’ll also have a horse so small it will be in contention for a world record later this year.

The carnival rides will be operating Tuesday, but that’s also the night Bryan Adams will be at the Tivoli Theatre here in town. He’s calling this The Bare Bones Tour, and he’s doing solo acoustic versions of his hits such as “Cuts Like a Knife,” “Summer of ‘69” and “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You.”

BARRY: There are only three more shows in the Nightfall series, and Holly Williams is this Friday. Folks mention songwriters like John Prine and Bruce Springsteen when they talk about her.

LISA: Well, she comes from pretty good stock. She’s Hank Williams Jr.’s daughter and Hank Sr.’s granddaughter. She’s a lot prettier than either one of them, though.

BARRY: Yes, she is. She’s started a new family tradition in that regard.

I’m really excited about Desert Noises being at Riverfront Nights on Saturday. These long-haired, hippie dudes from Utah look like the people that used to hang out at my house in the ’70s, and they have a pretty cool, trippy pop-rock sound. They’ve been described as “what Coldplay or Radiohead might have sounded like if they’d grown up in the Rocky Mountains.”

LISA: There’s also a program at Chickamauga Battlefield on Saturday called “Headstones, Art, Memories” that offers a tour of all the unusual monuments at the battlefield. Sounds interesting. That would be a good sampler tour to get ready for all the events next month in observance of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Chickamauga during the Civil War.

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Contact Barry Courter at bcourter@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6354. Contact Lisa Denton at ldenton@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6281.

about Barry Courter...

Barry Courter is staff reporter and columnist for the Times Free Press. He started his journalism career at the Chattanooga News-Free Press in 1987. He covers primarily entertainment and events for ChattanoogaNow, as well as feature stories for the Life section. Born in Lafayette, Ind., Barry has lived in Chattanooga since 1968. He graduated from Notre Dame High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in broadcast journalism. He previously was ...

about Lisa Denton...

Lisa Denton is deputy features editor and content editor of Current. She previously was a lifestyle, entertainment and region reporter/pod leader for The Chattanooga Times, which she joined in 1983. Lisa is from Sale Creek and holds an associate’s degree in journalism from Chattanooga State Community College. Contact Lisa at 423-757-6281 or ldenton@timesfreepress.com.

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