April 27- Side by Side Parade. The town of Big Sandy is hosting a side by side parade beginning at 10:00 AM. The route will start at the school and go through town. No candy will be thrown from the side by sides. Instead people will be walking the parade route and passing out candy. This is a free event. Contact Big Sandy City Hall at 731-593-3213 for further information. 


April 27 - Legend Cruisers Car Club Cruise-In on the Court Square Camden TN. 4:00 PM until ? Bring your Classic Ride & Register for daily Door Prizes and the Grand Prize to be given away in Oct... or just come on out and enjoy the sights and sounds.  Collectible Dash Plaques to the first 100 Entrants. Music , Concession, Door Prizes, and much more. For more information contact Kyle at 731-441-8455 or Tucker at 731-584-5535. 


April 27- Benton County Library Movie Matinees Double Feature beginning at 12:00 PM featuring A dogs Way Home. and second feature will be Glass (Adults). For more informant call the Library at 731-584-4772. 


April 28- Reptile Roundup Hike at Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park 11:00 AM. Join Ranger Josh as we explore parts of the park that aren't on the beaten path. We will be looking for any and all reptiles and amphibians, and using the iNaturalist app to log them in the park. We will meet at the park office and carpool to various locations around the park. Bring something to take pictures with, as we will see and learn about these amazing creatures. This event will take approximately 2 hours and we will be doing some hiking, so please wear appropriate shoes and bring some water. YOU WILL NOT BE HANDLING ANY SPECIMEN WE SEE! RANGER JOSH MAY MOVE THEM SO THAT YOU CAN GET PICTURES OF THEM, BUT THAT IS THE ONLY HANDLING ALLOWED! Tickets are $8.00 per person, WITH ONLY 10 AVAILABLE. Please contact the Park Office at 731-584-6356.


April 30- Benton County Library Family Game Night 5-7 PM. Bring your favorite board games for a night of board gaming fun. Please call the Library at 731-584-4772 for further information. 

 

May 3-4- Jump Fish Jamboree.  May 3 Bow Fishing Tournament, May 4 Carp Fishing Tournament, May 4 Jump Fish Jamboree. More information to come soon! If you would like to be a vendor for this event, please call the Chamber of Commerce at 731-584-8395. 


May 11- Pickin' in the Park Eva Beach Day Use Area. Meet at the Eva Beach stage for an afternoon of live music. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy local musicians. For more information contact Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park at 731-584-6356.


May 18-  Storytelling Event. Every third Saturday in May, storytellers gather around the campfire across from Happy Hollow Campground to share stories and tall tales. Bring your lawn chairs and snacks and enjoy pleasent company and refreshements provided by the Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park "Friends of the Park" Group. For futher information call the park office at 731-584-6356.

 

May 25-  Big Sandy Spring Festival, at the Big Sandy City Park. Festivities include a parade, vendors, food, activities, live entertainment, and much more for the entire family. For more information contact the Big Sandy Chamber of Commerce at 731-593-3213. 


May 25- Legend Cruisers Car Club Cruise-In on the Court Square Camden, TN. 4:00 PM until ? Music, Concessions, Door prizes, and much more. For more information contact Kyle at 731-441-8455 or Tucker at 731-584-5535.


June 1- National Trails Day Nathan Bedford State Park joins with all Tennessee State Parks in this American Hiking Society's celebration weekend. Outdoor enthusiasts participate in educational exhibits, trail deductions, gear demonstrations, instructional workshops and trail projects. Offering a variety of ranger-led day hikes, night hikes, history hikes, nature hikes or trail clean-up hikes. Something for everyone. For more information call the Park office at 731-584-6356. 


June 7-8- Weave In Basket Weaving Event- Every 1st Friday & Saturday in June, the West Tennessee Basket Guild hosts the annual "Weave In" at Briarwood School. This 2 day event is open for public participation. Please call 731-225-2206 for more information. 


June 8- Junior Ranger Camp- At Nathan Bedford Forest State Park. On the second, third, and fourth Saturdays in June-dependant on the age of the participation "Junior Ranger." For more information and registration specifics , call the Park Office at 731-584-6356.


June 8- Fishing Rodeo at Eva Beach Day Use Area. Held coinciding with the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency's Free Fishing Day. For more information please call the park office at  731-584-6356.


June 15- Fly-in and Open House at the Benton County Airport 10 AM- 3 PM. Open to the public and FREE! An airport open house and fly-in of vintage aircraft. Drinks and refreshments offered for nominal price. Come see a rare chance opportunity to see a large collection of vintage aircraft on display! For more information call the Airport at 731-584-5343. 


June 22- Legend Cruisers Car Club Cruise-In on the Court Square Camden, TN. 4:00 PM until ?. Music, Concessions, Door Prizes, and much more. For more information contact Kyle at 731-441-8455 or Tucker at 731-584-5535. 


July 4th- Annual display of Independence Day fireworks and music presentation at 9:00 pm over the river at Birdsong Resort, marina and Campground. The fireworks display on the weekend closest to the annual holiday. Call 731-584-7880 for specific information. 


July 27- Legend Cruisers Car Club Cruise-In on the Court Square Camden TN. 4:00 PM until ?. Music, Concessions, Door Prizes, and much more. For more information contact Kyle at 731-441-8455 or Tucker at 731-584-5535


August- 3- Every 1st Saturday in  August TWRA holds the annual West Tennessee duck blind drawing at the Big Sandy City Park. Vendors , food, games, and fun during this sportsman's frenzy- free admission to the public. For more information contact the Big Sandy Chamber of Commerce at 731-593-3213. 


August 30- Bargain Highway- The annual 30-mile yard sales stretches itself through Benton County every Friday & Saturday of Labor Day weekend. Following Highway 69 from Big Sandy to Holladay, the highway is densely populated with anxious sellers of second-hand treasures. Contact the Benton County Chamber of Commerce for more information. 731-584-8395.


September 21- Rock n' Race Weekend- Every 3rd weekend in September, the Eva Music and Arts Festival includes the best in local performers, arts, crafts, food and more. To add to the excitement, the Friends of Nathan Bedford Forest State Park has partnered with the Camden Central High School Rebound Club to bring you The Amazing Race. Two person teams will compete in a variety of sports including biking, canoeing, and running. For further information call the Park office at 731-584-6356. 


September 23-28- The Benton County Fair beginning annual on the 4th Monday of September , the week-long event offers a carnival, live entertainment, nightly events, 4-H competition, pageants for all age groups, antique tractor shows, food booths, concessions, and local competitor creations on exhibit. For more details and information contact 731-584-7557. 


September 28- National Public Lands Day. Every 4th Saturday in September, Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park joins Tennessee State Parks with a conservation and preservation awareness day. A variety of events and service projects planned, including litter clean-ups, trail maintenance, hikes and even a few canoe floats. Events are being held at different times throughout the day. For more information call the Park Office at 731-584-6356. 


October 26- Haunted Trail. On the Saturday closest to Halloween at Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park. Every year near Halloween the Polk Creek Trail is visited by ghosts and ghouls of all kinds. Take a wagon ride from Shelter 1 to this ghostly site and be prepared for a scare!. For more information call the Park office at 731-584-6356.


November 2- Camden Merchant's Christmas Open House. Kick off the Christmas Season the first weekend in November with the Camden Merchants Association's Christmas Open House event. Sales, specials and refreshments.


November 1-2- Battle of Johnsonville Commemorative Living History Event- 1st Friday & Saturday of November. There will be artillery, infantry, calvary, and civilian demonstrations taking place at Eva Beach Day- Use Area in Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park and throughout Johnsonville State Historic Area. For further information please call the Park office at 731-584-6356.  


November 29- "The Day After Thanksgiving Hike". Always the Friday after Thanksgiving at Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park. Open to the public. 

Trail ranges from 1-3 miles. For more information call the Park office at 731-584-6356.


November 30- Lighting of :The Knob". One of the most spectacular events you will see during the Christmas season occurs on the last Saturday of each November at the top of Pilot Knob in Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park. Thousands of lights, refreshments, holiday music, and an appearance by Santa Claus himself. For more information call the Park office at 731-584-6356. 


December 14- Camden  Christmas Parade- Santa Claus rolls down West Main Street at 3:00 every 2nd Saturday in December. For more information call the Benton County/Camden Chamber of Commerce at 731-584-8395.