Summer SOULstice Is Saturday

by Scott Stewart


Former American Idol contestant Bucky Covington will kickoff Summer SOULstice 2018 Saturday with a live performance at The Outlook.


Summer SOULstice 2018 is Saturday with a schedule full of events and attractions on the Pulaski Square and South Second Street.


The Lions Club train is one of several activities for kids that will be available all evening at this year’s Summer SOULstice.   Photo Courtesy of Ken Webb


Covington will perform in the window on the women’s side of The Outlook, located on the east side of the Square, from 3-5 p.m.


Covington competed in Season 5 of American Idol, advancing to the Final 12. He released his self-titled debut album in 2007, which debuted at number one on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. That album included three hit singles on the Hot Country Songs charts — “A Different World,” “It’s Good to Be Us” and “A Father’s Love (The Only Way He Knew How).”


“Everybody come on down to The Outlook from 3-5 p.m. on June 16 to enjoy the music of Bucky Covington,” The Outlook owner Jeff Harwell said. “You can listen outside and we welcome you to come on in while you’re here and check out our huge Father’s Day Sale.”


Father Daughter Dance

The weekend unofficially kicks off with Friday evening’s Father Daughter Dance on the Pulaski Square.


Fathers and daughters of all ages will be treated to a fun evening of dining on Second Street on the west side of the Pulaski Square, then dancing on the Square.


The Father Daughter Dance is scheduled for June 15 from 6:30-9 p.m.


“There is so much to do and see this year at Summer SOULstice, so come early and stay late for a great time and wonderful experience as we celebrate each other,” Main Street Pulaski Director Olivia Officer said. “This Saturday, June 16, is the day. We’ll see you there.”


For everything you need to know about Summer SOULstice 2018, the events and attractions, see the program inserted into this edition of the Pulaski Citizen.


Also find out more online at the Main Street Pulaski Facebook Page and at


The schedule of events for Saturday includes:


3 p.m.

The Third Annual Summer SOULstice Festival gets started at 3 p.m. with Bucky Covington at The Outlook on the east side of the Square.


5 p.m.

The festival gets going outside at 5 p.m. with vendors, crafts and demonstrations set up along First Street on the east side of the Square.


Also starting at 5 p.m. is the always popular Milk Drop, pitting 15 teams of two against each other to find out who can successfully catch the most milk poured from the second story balcony of the Giles County Courthouse. The Milk Drop takes place on the south side of the Courthouse.


Finally at 5 p.m. is the Giles County Relay For Life Survivor Dinner at First United Methodist Church.


5:30 p.m.

The first of two performances by Pulaski Performing Arts Center students is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on the south side of the Pulaski Square.


Also at 5:30, the Elks Lodge Kids Karaoke gets cranked up at the corner of Second and Jefferson streets on the west side of the Square.


Finally, Roark Phillips with Boots, Chaps and Chainsaws will have the first of two of his chainsaw carving performances at the First National Bank Community Park Gazebo, located at the intersection of South Second and West College streets.


6 p.m.

The Giles County Relay For Life opening ceremonies begin at 6 p.m., and the Relay Survivor/Caregiver/Team Laps start at 6:20 p.m.


Music at the Picking Station on Second Street south of the Square gets started at 6 p.m.


7 p.m.

The music moves outside at The Outlook from 7-8 p.m. for the Drum Circle. Bring your drums or use the drums available outside The Outlook for some improv drumming. The GCHS drum line will be part of the fun. 


The second PPAC performance is also scheduled for 7 p.m.


At 7:30 p.m. Roark Phillips will have his second chainsaw carving demonstration at the FNB Gazebo.


8 p.m.

This year’s featured entertainment Rock & Roll Pianos takes the Main Stage at the intersection of Second and Madison streets at 8 p.m. The fun will go on until midnight.


At 8:45 p.m. is the Wal-Mart Balloon Release and soon after the Temple of Praise Choir will bring the crowd to a reverent silence for the Relay Circle of Light Ceremony at 9 p.m.


10:30 p.m.

The drawing for Roark Phillips’ two carvings will be held.



Relay For Life Closing Ceremonies take place at midnight.


Other events and attractions that will be going on throughout the evening include: 


• Relay for Life booths will sell food throughout the evening as part of their fund-raising efforts.


• Cardin Distributing Draft Beer Tasting and Big Creek Winery Tasting at STAAR Theatre. Beer will be available for sale at STAAR Theatre as well.


• Giles County Public Library events will be going on throughout the evening at the library on South Second Street.


• Kids Activities along Second Street and Jefferson streets will be available all evening. They include bounce houses, Trampoline Man, Balloon Man, the Giles County Soccer League mini field and the Lions Club Train.


• Food trucks from area vendors will sell their distinctive fare along South Second Street.


• The PACE Car Club will have their unique cars on display on South Second Street.


• A zip line will be set up on Jefferson Street on the north side of the Square.


• The Tyler Smith Elite Hoop Shoot will be on the north side of the Square.


“There is so much more to see at Summer SOULstice 2018,” Officer said. “You’ll have to be there to see it all.”

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