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The 45th Annual Tater Town Special

August 28th 2018 - September 1st 2018


Gleason, TN, also known as  Tater Town USA, is the home of the annual Tater Town Special that celebrates the special place the sweet potato once held in the industrial climate of this community. This community affair, held on Labor Day weekend each year, draws thousands of people back home to their roots to see old friends, make new acquaintances and enjoy the southern hospitality that the Gleason community is know for. The Tater Town Special features a wide range of community events spread over a period of several days, leading up to   the weekend, beginning with parades Saturday morning followed by a day of activities extending into the night. This is followed on Sunday by a community-wide church service. This weekend is also a time where Gleason High School Class Reunions are often scheduled. Information about some of this years reunions can be obtained by clicking on the graphics provided below.



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45th Annual Tater Town Special

Labor Day Weekend

August 28th 2018 - September 1st 2018

God - Faith - Family - Country






Note: The 55th Class Reunion for the Class of 1963 will be held at Carmacks in Como on Saturday September 1st after the Tater Town Special Parade. For more information, contact Patricia at (731-446-5851)


TUESDAY, August 28th - Tater Town Block Party









14th Annual

Tater-Town Antique Tractor & Truck Show

Gleason, TN

 (No entry fees and free to the public)

Sponsored by Gleason Gazelles 

When:     Saturday September 1, 2018   9:00 am

Where:    Front Lawn of Gleason School

Parking:  Hauler-trailer parking behind the Gleason School

Parade:  10:00 Saturday    Line up time: 9:30 at former American Legion Bldg

Participants are encouraged to drive in the Tater Town Parade.              

 Awards:  Custom trophy/lamp of old tractor parts for “Best of Show”,

                           “Most Original”, and “Mayor’s Choice”

Accommodations:   Concessions and Restrooms are available at the adjacent Gazebo Grounds.  No electricity available.

Show tractors:  We invite all makes and models of rubber-tired antique                   Tractors of any condition, Hit/Miss Engines, or Old trucks. 

 Tractor related Vendors or shop/swaps welcome.

 No setup fee. 

 Contact Info:  Charles Anderson @ 695-5753, Zac Montgomery @ 234-6491,                      

 Dale Flowers @ 514-5218, or Marty Morris at 445-4854 for more information.

No Alcohol or Drugs allowed.  Not responsible for theft or accident.

J C CAREY MEMORIAL 5K RUN Tater Town Special Parade

Pat Dewberry Book Signing

Enjoy Some Down Home Gleason Humor


Gleason's Best Known Storyteller


Jim Johnson

On March 6, 2018 copies of the four outstanding books authored by Gleason’s own Pat Dewberry, were presented to the Gleason Library at a meeting of the Gleason Library Board. These fine books were made available in the Library so that all of Gleason can enjoy reading about what life was like back-in-the-day !

Pat Dewberry has been described by one reviewer as “the quintessential storyteller in the best Southern tradition”. These books contain numerous humorous short stories about life in rural Gleason, Weakley County, Tennessee during the early 1950 though the mid 1960’s.

The writing and publication of these books has spanned a period of more than two decades. The First of these books “Teacher’s Pets Ougta be on a Leash Too”, was published in 1996, followed by “Life is too short to wear Cheap Underwear” (2008), and, uh, as I was saying: More Memories of Yesteryear in Gleason “Tater Town Tennessee” (2013) and “Tater Town: Back Home to Count the Memories”, published in 2017.

It should be noted that Pat also donated 50 copies of his most recent book “Tater Town” Back Home to Count the Memories, to the Gleason Gazelles, through their association with the  Downtown Revitalization Committee. The proceeds will be used  to support projects designed to enhance the Gleason Community.

For those who have already purchased a copy of Pat's most recent book  and would like to have it autographed, Pat will be available for a book signing on Saturday morning from 8:30 until 10:00 in front of the Gleason Library.

If you don't have a copy of this great book about Tater Town, a limited number of copies are still available at City Hall, the Bank of Gleason and City Drug Store at $15 each.

Tater Town Special Antique Tractor Show

An Antique Tractor & Truck Show will be held on the front lawn of the Gleason School on Saturday, September 1. Show entries may be driven through the Grand Parade if desired, then parked on the school lawn for show. There are no entry fees. Call Charles Anderson at 695-5753, Zac Montgomery at 234-6491, Dale Flowers at 514-5218 or Marty Morris at 445-4854 for questions concerning the tractor show.

Festivities  to follow at the Gazelle Grounds

  Sunday, September 2nd @ 11am - Community Church Service

 Gleason First United Methodist Church

Tater Town Special Ends With Spectacular Parade

The Dresden Enterprise


The 45th Annual Tater Town Special ended Saturday, September 1, after an amazing parade was held in downtown Gleason. The Tater Town Parade included many emergency vehicles from Gleason and other towns around the area. Scores of children and teens were in the parade, from church floats to students from Gleason Junior and High School supporting their graduating classes.

A large crowd came out to witness the event. One of the highlights of the parade was the marching band and color guard from McKenzie High School. The marching band provided wonderful music that adults and children loved, and the color guard amazed the crowd with their bright-pink flags that mesmerized everyone that watched.

The weather was very hot, but that did not stop local citizens from coming out to watch their hometown parade. Participants on one of the floats distributed cold water to those that needed it.

The parade ended with horses and horse and buggy entries. Some of the horses were decorated for the occasion with flowers and paint.

After the parade, the crowd moved to the Gazelle Grounds, where the festivities continued. Live music was provided by the band Avonlea, which preformed a free concert for all to enjoy. Many Weakley County businesses operated vendor booths to display their products offering food and drinks for the large number of people that came out to enjoy the festivities.

The events of the 45th Annual Tater Town Special kicked off with the Tater Town Block Party held in downtown Gleason with a DJ, Cornhole games, live music, vendors and food for all.

On Wednesday, August 29, local youngsters enjoyed playing Children’s Bingo on the Gazelle Grounds, winning small prizes, provided by area churches. Before the bingo started a short devotional was shared lead by Chris Snider.

The Adult Bingo game was held on Thursday, August 30. Anyone 18 years old or older could play Adult Bingo. During an intermission, a cake auction allowed top bidders to enjoy baked goods cooked by local residents.

The Gleason Gazelles invited local citizens to come out and enjoy an all-you-can-eat BBQ and participate in the Sweet Potato Bake Off on Friday, August 31. The event also featured music, games for the kids, and other activities. The BBQ was cooked by various businesses and families in the Gleason community and anyone that paid the small seven-dollar fee to get into the Gazelles grounds could eat as much BBQ as they could hold.

The band Flashback, out of McKenzie, preformed during the BBQ party. Children enjoyed playing corn hole, which became very popular as the afternoon went by. When the night came to an end, the crowd enjoyed a spectacular firework show and grand finale.

On Saturday morning, participants took part in the JC Carey Memorial 5K Run. The Tater Town Special ended Saturday, September 1, with the Jr. Parade then Grand Parade and festivities. The parade was held in downtown Gleason and featured the McKenzie High School band. A community church service was held on Sunday morning. Source: Dresden Enterprise).


(Photos by Jim Johnson,