Chattanooga’s Spring Festival debuted in May 1898 as a three-day celebration featuring flower parades, public celebrations, and carnival rides with its midway located on E. 11th Street. This march and two-step was dedicated to the Chattanooga Spring Festival Association in 1899, composed and published locally by Ed. A. Marshall. No doubt this composition was used in the festivities and the sheet music sold as a souvenir.
The annual Spring Festival was short-lived, lasting less than ten years. This sheet music is scarce, and we’re lucky to have two copies.
This tune has probably not been heard by an audience in 100 years or more. Enjoy.
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Photographs of the 1898 Chattanooga Spring Festival from Picnooga’s collection.