Children’s Day

Saturday, September 16, 2017|10:00 am—2:00 pm

Cumberland Square Park at The War Memorial
Corner of Lee & Cumberland Streets, Bristol, VA

Children’s Day at Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion is a free event, open to the community, and organized by staff at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. Bursting with fun games, crafts, and performances, Children’s Day is designed to be an event the whole family can participate in together.


  • 10:00-10:30am: Jalopy Junction
    10:40-10:50am: Sullins Academy Sound (Tribute to Dwight Yoakam)
    11:00am-Noon: Farmer Jason
    12:15-12:45pm: Jalopy Junction
    1:00-2:00pm: Kid Pan Alley



Kid Pan Alley’s mission is to inspire and empower children to work together to become creators of their own music and to rekindle creativity as a core value in education through the group songwriting process. To date, they’ve written over 2,700 songs with over 50,000 children across the country from Virginia to Hawaii. The songs are a sophisticated and powerful world-view as seen through the eyes of the children. Their songs have been recorded by artists including Amy Grant, Sissy Spacek, Delbert McClinton, Cracker, Kix Brooks, Nashville Chamber Orchestra, Corey Harris, Suzy Bogguss and many others. They’ve won numerous awards including Parents’ Choice Gold Awards, a WAMMIE, and have received a Grammy nomination for one of their recordings. The band is led by Kid Pan Alley founder Paul Reisler and features vocalist Sahffi Lynn, John d’Earth on trumpet, Mark Maynard on trombone, Jack Kirby, drums and Kris Monson on bass.

We look forward to welcoming Kid Pan Alley to Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion and seeing what kind of song our Children’s Day kids will create and perform! Don’t miss this amazing experience!

check out Emmy Award-winning children’s entertainer Farmer Jason

Farmer Jason is the brainchild of rock music legend Jason Ringenberg of Jason and the Scorchers. An Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Ringenberg is one of the pioneers of the modern Americana and alt-country genres. In 2002 he created Farmer Jason to educate and entertain children about farm life and the wonders of nature. The character is based on his own farming background and love of the great outdoors. As Farmer Jason he has released four CDs and a DVD. He has starred in the “It’s a Farmer Jason” video interstitial program, which airs on several public broadcasting stations around the United States and won an Emmy Award in 2009, plus an Emmy nomination in 2010. Farmer Jason’s records have won numerous awards, including the Parents’ Choice Gold Award and the Los Angeles Times’ Children’s Record of the Year list.

Farmer Jason has performed several thousand concerts in venues ranging from rural fairs on the Alaskan tundra to posh European performance halls. The highly acclaimed live show involves sing-alongs, dancing, and discussions about nature appreciation, ecology, and farm animals. Farmer Jason performs solo with just his acoustic guitar (no backing track gimmickry), which adds to the spontaneous, high energy nature of his concerts. Although aimed at children ages 2 to 8, everyone is invited to get involved, and they do! Farmer Jason draws his musical influences from folk, country, and rock ‘n’ roll with a dash of DIY punk rock.

We are also excited for the return of vaudeville with Jalopy Junction!

This fire-breathing troop of vaudeville performers intersperse song and dance, comedy, and acrobatics into a jaw dropping show that will leave you amazed! Popular in the 1880s until the early 1930s, vaudeville combines a variety of acts into live entertainment the entire family will enjoy!

A staple at Bristol Rhythm since our 4th annual event in 2004, Children’s Day is made possible by dozens of volunteers and community nonprofits, organizations and businesses who provide a vast array of fun and creative activities for everyone to enjoy. An effort is made by everyone on the planning team to make learning at Children’s Day fun, with families working side-by-side creating art, dancing, and making memories to last a lifetime.

In 2016 the decision was made to further engage families by excluding activities that required them to stand in long lines. Read more about this decision in our blog post “No Bouncy Houses? No Problem! Bristol Rhythm’s Children’s Day Focused On Family Fun.” 

If your agency, business, or nonprofit is interested in providing free activities for Children’s Day, fill out our online registration form below:


For questions about a volunteer shift for Children’s Day please e-mail your inquiry to or call the 423-573-1927.

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