2010 Oliver Springs October Sky Festival
Below are photos from the October 15, 2010, October Sky Festival, held in Oliver
Springs, Tennessee. Oliver Springs was the site of many of the filming
locations (both interior and exterior shots) from the movie October Sky.
While the movie was being filmed, its title was still Rocket
Boys; however the movie was renamed October Sky before its
The DAV Hall in Oliver Springs was the site of the Rocket Boys
reunion and a chili supper.
The entrance to the DAV Hall, nicely decorated for fall.
Barbara Hilemon and friend Andy display copies of Barbara's book The
Making of Rocket Boys / October Sky As Seen Through the Eyes of the Movie
Barbara was happy to autograph her book.
Guests go through the line for the chili supper.
Entertainment included music and a showing of the film October Sky.
Guests enjoyed dinner. Many of the attendees were movie extras during
the filming of Rocket Boys.
The next day was highlighted by a parade, a vehicle show and vendor booths.
Grand Marshall Fred Schwendel rode in this car during the parade.
One of the highlights of the day was when Charles Tichy led four bus/walking
tours of the filming locations around Oliver Springs.
Charles Tichy, was was himself a movie extra, conducted the tours in a
Coalwood coal-miner's costume.
Charles and his tour group in front of the building used for interior and
exterior shots of the Coalwood General Store during the filming of
Grand Marshall Fred Schwendel and his wife,
Barbara, in downtown Oliver Springs.
Fred was on the film crew of Rocket Boys. He and others on
the film crew was responsible for constructing and decorating many of the
sets for the movie, including the
interior of the Coalwood General Store behind him.