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Brighton to Celebrate 100 Years Sept. 13-14

History of Brighton
Brighton was established in the year 1873 along the newly completed tracts of the Memphis and Paducah Railroad upon the lands of A. W. Smith, Sr. who gave the initial five acres for the Depot grounds. The new town was named for Mr. Bright, the first conductor on the Memphis Division of the said road.
The new town grew quickly. By the late 1870’s, Brighton had two dry goods stores, three grocery stores, two saloons, two blacksmith shops, two wagon shops, one brick yard, one steam saw and grist mill, one steam cotton gin, a Baptist church, two physicians, and a population around 100.
In 1883, the veterans of the 7th Tennessee Cavalry, Confederate States of America made Brighton the permanent site of their annual reunion. At Brighton the veterans reunion took on new dimensions and it grew into a reunion of all Confederate veterans of Tipton County and the surrounding region. Over the years, attendance of this annual August event grew peeking at 15,000 in 1897. The Tipton County Confederate Veterans Reunion, as it became to be known, continued to be held at Brighton until 1940.
Brighton was incorporated by the Tennessee General Assembly in 1913 and the town today continues to operate under the same charter.
Park & Ride
Parking at Old Brighton High Grounds will be very limited. Please park at New Brighton High School and take the air-conditioned shuttle buses to the Centennial Celebration. The shuttles will run every 5 minutes, all day
Happy 100th Birthday! What better way to honor this milestone event than with a big celebration? We invite you and your family to join us Saturday, September 14, 2013 by the Brighton track area, ball fields and old BHS gym for great food, tons of family fun, live music and much more!!
Opening ceremonies will start at 9 a.m. After that we will have many activities for you and your family to participate in. Kids can enjoy moon bounces, bungee jumpers, obstacle courses, and face painting- just to name a few. Carriage rides will take place with a guide to give you a brief history of Brighton and point out our many historic landmarks. Vendor booths will be by the track area selling handmade crafts, jewelry, Pampered Chef, Thirty One, and more. We will have live entertainment all day from local bands and singers.
The Sons of Confederacy will set up a civil war re-enactment campsite and fire their cannons throughout the day
We will end the day with a hilarious game of Donkey Basketball at the Brighton High school gym across the highway followed by a beautiful fireworks show. Come out and celebrate our 100th birthday with all of our freinds and neighbors!
The BBQ Contest will begin Friday, Sept. 13 at the Brighton ball field area. This is a non sanctioned event with blind judging. Categories include: Ribs, Shoulders, Whole Hog, Sauce, Baked beans, and Anything but Pork. Prize money will be awarded to Grand Champion and first place in each category. See the application and rules for additional information and the complete list of pricing. If you have any questions, please contact us at
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