DAYTON, Tenn. - The 64th annual Tennessee Strawberry Festival this week will feature bands playing classic rock on Friday and Saturday, organizers said.
Local band Convertibulls will perform classic selections ranging from Chuck Berry and Otis Redding to Steppenwolf and Eric Clapton on Friday from 8 p.m. until 11 p.m. at the Centennial Park stage across from the courthouse.
According to their website, Convertibulls' members began playing in the 1980s, with one 20-year member remaining. Jeff Rentfro coined the band's name from his adaptability to play an array of musical genres and his "driving" passion for a 1971 Triumph TR-6 sports car.
The Cookeville, Tenn.-based Back Roads Band will perform country and Southern rock tunes Saturday from 8 p.m. until 10 p.m. at the Centennial Park stage.
The festival kicked off last weekend with the return of the Strawberry Rodeo "by special demand" requests from people who had missed its presence at the 2010 festival, said rodeo coordinator Anita Hicks.
More than 1,300 people were estimated to have attended the weekend's performances, festival coordinator Randy Wells said.
Members of the H Bar M Rodeo and the Southern Rough Stock Association competed in barrel racing, calf and break-away roping and bull riding in "The Greatest Show on Dirt" at the Delaware Avenue Complex.
The weeklong festival includes an assortment of family entertainment and food, including fresh strawberries from Tidwell's Strawberry Farm in Spring City.
Kimberly McMillian is based in Rhea County. Contact her at email@example.com.