It's 50's and 60's music tonight on the Elk Ave. Bridge

It's 50's and 60's Night tonight on the Elk Avenue Bridge when The Collegians take the stage for some beach music.
   The Collegians are a "regular" for Covered Bridge Days. They have been entertaining for over 30 years. The band, best known for "East Coast beach music," has become diversified in its styles of music. They have performed on programs that included such great entertainers as The Drifters, Chairmen of the Board, The Breeze Band, The Catalinas, The Entertainers, The Impressions, 1964 Beatles, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, The Van Dells, and many others.
   In addition to performing at the Covered Bridge Celebration, the Collegians are regulars at the Appalachian Fair in Gray and other events in the Tennessee-Virginia area.
   The Collegians will be performing from 7:15 until 10 p.m.
   Prior to the beach music, the Watts Dance Showcase Studio Dancers will perform from 6 to 7 p.m. and there will be 50's and 60's contests featuring the limbo and the Twist.
   Also, the annual arts and crafts festival will open today at 10 a.m. in the Covered Bridge Park. The arts and crafts will be in the park today, Saturday and Sunday.
   Other events scheduled as part of the celebration today include the opening of a Softball Tournament at the ball park behind the Carter County Jail, and the Carter County Car Club motorcade at 6:15 p.m. The Car Club will also have a cruise-in downtown Sunday afternoon from 1 to 5 p.m..
   Weekend events include Breakfast in Betsy from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday when breakfast will be served at the Maze Emporium, The Coffee Company, Duck, Duck Goose, the Southern Restaurant, City Market and the Dairy Kreme.
   A 5K Run will be held at 7:30 a.m. and a 3K Walk at 7:45 a.m. Registration for both events will begin at 6:30 a.m. across the Picket Fence Antiques at the corner of Pine Street and Elk Avenue. Both the walk and run will begin at the registration site.
   A salute to the 776th Maintenance Co. of the Tennessee National Guard, which is now on active duty at Fort Campbell, Ky., will be held at 9 a.m. at the Carter County War Memorial downtown, after which the Little Mr. and Miss Hillbilly Contest will be held at 10 a.m. at Peebles storefront in the Carter County Plaza.
   Other events scheduled Saturday include the Third Annual Wallygaggle River Run from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.; free fishing for children from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at Edward's Island; a Firefighters Skills Rodeo featuring volunteer fire departments in the area from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Cat Island Park behind the Carter County Jail, and performances by the Johnson City Community Concert Band at the Elk Avenue Bridge from 3 to 3:45 p.m. and the Covered Bridge Cloggers from 4 to 4:45 p.m.
   Country Rock will be featured on the bridge Saturday night when the Dave Friday Band will perform. There will also be performances by the Trail Blazer Cloggers from 6 to 7:15 p.m. and by Slapping Leather Dance Association from 8:30 to 9 p.m.
   Fireworks will light up the sky over the town's celebrated bridge at 10 p.m.
   The festivities will continue Sunday with arts and crafts in the park, a downtown cruise-in by the Carter County Car Club, Kids Island, and downtown stores will be open from 1 until 5 p.m. with sidewalk sales.