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Scopes Trial Play & Heritage Festival

Scopes Trial Play & Heritage Festival

Scopes Trial Play & Heritage Festival

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This year’s Scopes Trial Play and Heritage Days truly has something for everyone this year, particularly families with children. July 12, 5-7 p.m., and 13, 11 a..m.-2 p.m., features free family fun on the Rhea County Courthouse lawn. 


Bounce houses and slides provided by Monkeytown Inflatables will be available free for the younger children. Plans are in the works for a musical petting zoo that allows children to try out a variety of musical instruments, in addition to a real petting zoo with live animals. Kids can also dig in the sand to uncover fossils at a booth sponsored by Core Academy of Science.


Older children will be able to participate in shooting and archery ranges, as well as a kid-safe ax throwing booth.


Finally, hot dogs, ice cream, candy and Coca-Cola products will be free to the public, one per visitor as long as supplies last. Mr. Goodbars were first introduced in 1925, the same year as the Scopes Trial.


The play will be in the evenings of the 12th, 13th, 19th, and 20th. A volunteer cast and crew each year brings to life the personalities including William Jennings Bryan, Clarence Darrow, District Attorney Tom Stewart, Judge John Raulston and other “characters” who captured the attention of the world with this trial in 1925. The Friday performances will begin at 7 pm, and Saturdays will have two performances, one at 2 pm and another at 7 pm. 


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