In recognition of the commitment, perseverance, and milestones achieved by The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, the State of Tennessee, Lewis County, and the City of Hohenwald have declared October 2013 as Elephant Awareness Month.

Governor Bill Haslam, Lewis County Mayor Van Ward, and Hohenwald City Mayor Johnny Clayton all signed official proclamations stating, “The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee continually sets and reaches goals to better the lives of all elephants worldwide.”

Photo by Glenda Atkinson, Lewis County Herald Photographer/Reporter

Calendar of Events
September 30

Hohenwald / Lewis County Proclamation Signings by City Mayor Johnny Clayton and County Mayor Van Ward declaring October Elephant Awareness Month – Location Hohenwald City Hall at 11:00 a.m. 

October 11 – 12

Oktober Heritage Festival, Hohenwald, TN Friday & Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. All Events are FREE!

  • Outreach booth open behind The Elephant Sanctuary Welcome Center in City Parking Lot. Merchandise will be available to purchase inside Welcome Center.
  • Kids Corner Activities: Friday & Saturday – An activities table will be available for children visiting the Welcome Center to draw and display their elephant artwork on a Community Wall; Elephant tattoos; Billie’s box craft project.
  • Elephant Poster Art Project: Friday & Saturday – Lewis County Elementary School 2nd Grade Elephant Poster Art Project will be on exhibit from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Reception for Artists and their families from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon on Friday and Saturday. Open to the public.
Art exhibit will remain on display at the Welcome Center for the remainder of the month from the hours of 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. daily Thursdays and Fridays.
October 12
  • Billie’s Birthday 5.1K Fun Run: Saturday at 8:00 a.m.
  • “Billie’s Journey” Presentation: Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at the Welcome Center
  • Billie’s Birthday Party: Saturday at the Welcome Center with cake served all day
  • Outreach Booth at Nashville’s historic Germantown Oktoberfest: Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. More info at