ASHVILLE – The third annual Tunes Around Town will be held around the courthouse square on Saturday, July 5, starting at 10 a.m.

Event coordinator Jalene Peaspanen is excited that this year’s event promises to be larger than ever.

“Currently we have 58 vendor spots sold,” Peaspanen said. “We will have lots of arts and crafts and some great music and food.”

Featured artists

Featured artists scheduled to perform include Melinda Chaney from Chattanooga. 

Chaney will perform directly after the flag retirement ceremony. Chaney was called to music ministry and Christian entertainment in March 2012. Since then, she has performed at numerous venues in the southeast. Church services, song services, festivals, coffee houses, non-traditional services, children’s homes, women’s shelters and benefits are some of the venues where she has performed.

She has been a performer most of her life, singing her first solo at age 3. She sang in her first country band at age 13.

Chaney has donated an autographed guitar. Tickets for a chance to win the guitar will be sold at the event.

Taylor McLain is an 18-year-old award-winning singer-songwriter from Somerville. She has performed in venues all across the southeast, including The Wild Horse Saloon, The Country Music Hall of Fame, and The Country Tonight Theatre in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. She is also the North American Country Music Association International’s Vocalist and Entertainer of the Year for 2011 and 2013, where she competed against finalists from all 50 states and three foreign countries.

Kevin Moore is a saxophone player from Gadsden. Moore and his wife Leah are members of MeadowBrook Baptist Church in Rainbow City. He blends a rhythmic style of pop, rock, gospel and slow contemporary praise music. He has played in all parts of the South and has traveled as far as Texas. In December 2005, Moore was invited to perform Christmas music at the National Christmas Tree at The White House.

The Etowah Youth Orchestras present Coosa River Diary. They will feature the music of Bruce Springsteen and the Sessions Band, Miranda Lambert, Christina Perri, Billy Joel, The Band, Mumford & Sons, The Avett Brothers, Fleetwood Mac, Paul Simon and more.

Ashville native Andi Neal is a published author. 

Her new book, Race Against Madness, was released earlier this year. Her first book, Unraveled, was released in 2012. Neal will be signing copies of her book.

Other activities 

There will be a large carnival that day. Tickets will be sold per ride, or an all-day armband will be available.

A historic tour of the Ashville cemetery by horse and buggy will take place. It will be narrated by Thelma Watkins.

Bikers will meet at 2:45 p.m. at Ashville High School to collect flags that need to be retired. They will then ride these flags into town and present them to the scouts to be retired.

The flag retirement ceremony honors all of members of the military and is intended as a way to say thank you to all of them for their sacrifices and their service. All members of the military are invited to attend and participate.

Any biker who would like to be in the procession to ride the flags into town should meet at AHS at 2:45 p.m.

 The ceremony will be held in front the courthouse at 3 p.m. and will culminate with the sounding of taps by a bugler from Bugles Across America.

The festivities will end with a huge fireworks display.

The fireworks show is again choreographed to music and honors the military serving both at home and abroad. 

Fireworks will be after dark after the last act is finished around 9 p.m. or 9:30 p.m.

For information or questions, call Peaspanen at 205-594-5461.