SAVE Fest this weekend

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SAVE Fest, an event to publicize and raise funds for the victims of domestic violence, is set for Saturday, June 29 on the Woodbury Square. 

"We have lots of great food, many auction items and wonderful vendors planned for what's going to be a wonderful day," said Lisa Baird, SAVE coordinator. 

The event, which will run from 10 a.m. to 9 a.m., will feature a stage on the south side of the Courthouse and games including a "bounce house" on the northern side. A corn hole tournament is planned along with free blood pressure checks and Woodbury's new fire engine. Dustin Reed is emcee for SAVE Fest. 

Food vendors include Bad Boy's BBQ from Mc-Minnville, Julia's Bakery from Murfreesboro and a number of local volunteer groups and vendors as well, Baird said.

A traditional cake walk is set for 4 to 5 p.m.

Musical performers include Lance Chandler, the Black Collar Outlaw at 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., JPBY from 1:30 to 3 p.m. and Tennessee Union Band from 8 to 9 p.m. Also performing is the Sloan Tash Syndicate.

Auctioneer Greg Goff will take the stage at 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. and from 3 to 4 p.m.

"We have some wonderful auction items from local businesses and from places like the Discovery Center and Lanes, Trains and Automobiles in Murfreesboro," Baird said.

"We have some celebrity items to auction as well including some from Michael Peterson and Mark Miller's (from Sawyer Brown) boots. We also have a beautiful rocking chair," she said.

While SAVE Fest offers fun, music and food, there is a serious side to the organization.

SAVE is a non-profit organization committed to stopping the cycle of domestic violence in Cannon County.

"We believe all residents of our county, regardless of race, gender, class or religion deserves to be treated with care and dignity," Baird said. "We strive to eliminate the barriers victims confront in seeking services for domestic violence and work to assist victims in taking back their lives."

SAVE works with the elderly, women, children and some men, she said.

"Domestic violence is a serious problem in Cannon County and we just want to educate the public," Baird said.
Some survivors of domestic violence will be on hand for the event to speak to those attending.

"They're not victims. They are survivors," she said. "One in three women will be victims of some form of domestic violence within their lifetimes.

In the last two years, SAVE has worked with 168 children, 152 women, 26 men, 11 senior adults and has helped in the issuing of 115 orders of protection.
For more information call 615-563-6690.



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