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Previous SERA Summer Cave Carnivals

# Date Host Grotto/Survey Location Chair(s) Attendance
1* Sep 3-5, 1949 National Speleological Society McMinnville, TN

2** Jul 4-5, 1953 Nashville Grotto Sparta, TN

3 Jul 2-4, 1954 Nashville Grotto McMinnville, TN

4 Jul 1-4, 1955 Nashville Grotto & Cumberland Grotto Monteagle, TN

5 Jul 6-8, 1956 Huntsville Grotto Sauta Cave, Scottsboro, AL
 50+
6 Jul 6-7, 1957 Atlanta Grotto Climax, GA

7 Jul 4-6, 1958 Chattanooga Grotto Martin Springs, TN

8 Jul 3-5, 1959 Huntsville Grotto Newsome Sinks, AL

9 Sep 2-4, 1960 Cumberland Grotto Smithville, TN

10 Sep 1-3, 1961 Birmingham Grotto Guntersville, AL

11 Sep 1-3, 1962 Florida Speleological Society Florida Caves State Park, FL

12 Aug 30, 1963 Nashville Grotto Cloudland Canyon, GA

13 Sep 4-7, 1964 East Tennessee Grotto Crossville, TN

14 Sep 4-6, 1965 Huntsville Grotto Huntsville, AL

15 Sep 2-5, 1966 Dogwood City Grotto Valley View Ranch, Cloudland, GA James W. Storey
16 Sep 1-4, 1967 West Georgia Grotto Camp Cloudmont, Mentone, AL

17 Aug 31, 1968 The Tennessee Tech Speleophiles Cookeville, TN

18 Oct 10-12, 1969 Cumberland Grotto Sewanee, TN

19 Jul 3-5, 1970 East Tennessee Grotto Camp Ti-Ya-Ni, Oak Ridge, TN

20 Jun 25-27, 1971 Nashville Grotto Camp Woodlee, TN Larry E. Matthews
21 Jul 28-30, 1972 West Georgia Grotto Rising Fawn, GA Don Hunter 125
22 Jul 27-29, 1973 Chattanooga Grotto Crystal Caverns, TN

23 Jul 12-14, 1974 Dogwood City Grotto Sequoyah Caverns, Valley Head, AL Ron Aycock
24 Jul 4-6, 1975 Nashville Grotto Bee Rock KOA, Monterey, TN Larry Adams (Joe Webser, Vice Chair)
25 Jul 23-25, 1976 Birmingham Grotto Yogi Bear's Jellystone Campground, Guntersville, AL David Howell
26 Oct 14-16, 1977 Dogwood City Grotto Sequoyah Caverns, Valley Head, AL John Howren & Joel Sneed Approximately 177
27 Jul 1-3, 1978 Smokey Mountain Grotto Coon Holler Campground, TN

28 Jun 15-17, 1979 Chattanooga Grotto Ketner's Mill, Sequatchie Valley, TN Trick Howard
29 Jul 4-6, 1980 Nashville Grotto Russell Cave National Monument, AL Larry Adams & Sandy Montgomery
30 Jun 19-21, 1981 Birmingham Grotto Russell Cave National Monument, AL Greg McGill
31 Jul 16-18, 1982 East Tennessee Grotto Claiborne County Campground, Tazewell, TN Chuck Wiley
32 Aug 5-7, 1983 Huntsville Grotto Cahaba Shrine Temple Campground, Huntsville, AL Jim Hall & Phil Winkler Approximately 300
33 ?, 1984 Chattanooga Grotto Ketner's Mill, Sequatchie Valley, TN Randy Parson & Mike Wilburn
34 Jul 19-21, 1985 Birmingham Grotto Goosepond Colony Campground, Scottsboro, AL Myrna Jordan 285
35 Jul 4-6, 1986 Nashville Grotto Bee Rock KOA, Monterey, TN Lona Brown & Mark Miller
36 Jun 19-21, 1987 Chattanooga Grotto Mountain Shadows KOA, Trenton, GA Wm Shrewsbury
37 Jun 17-19, 1988 East Tennessee Grotto Coon Holler KOA, Crossville, TN Mike Doughty 340
38 Jul 28-30, 1989 Chattanooga Grotto Mountain Shadows KOA, Trenton, GA Wm Shrewsbury 344
39 Jun 8-10, 1990 Huntsville Grotto Goosepond Colony Campground, Scottsboro, AL Jim Hall 587
40 Jun 14-16, 1991 Nashville Grotto Holmes Creek Recreation Area, Smithville, TN Doug Simpkins & Jody Landrum 550
41 May 29-31, 1992 North Alabama Grotto & Gadsden Grotto Buck's Pocket State Park, AL Robert Crumley 662 
42 May 21-23, 1993 Smoky Mountain Grotto Willow Grove Campground, Dale Hollow Lake, TN Dan Lovingood
43 Jun 10-12, 1994 Tennessee Central Basin Grotto Cannon County Walking Horse Association Campground at Short Mountain, TN Dan Hubbard 500
44 May 19-21, 1995 Athens Speleological Society Smokey and Tina Caldwell's Farm, LaFayette, GA Don Hunter 790
45 Jul 19-21, 1996 Birmingham Grotto Camp Jackson BSC, Scottsboro, AL David Howell 637
46 May 29-Jun 1, 1997 Central Alabama Grotto Raccoon Mtn. Caverns & Campground, Chattanooga, TN Michael Gilbert 726
47 May 8-10, 1998 Nashville Grotto Indian Creek Campground, Smith County, TN John Hoffelt, Hal Love, & Annette Oeser 530
48 Jun 11-13, 1999 Huntsville Grotto Camp Jackson BSC, Scottsboro, AL Randall Blackwood   620
49 May 19-21, 2000 East Tennessee Grotto Clyde York 4H Center, Crossville, TN Lee Trowbridge 547
50 Jun 22-24, 2001 Chattanooga Grotto Smokey Caldwell's Farm, LaFayette, GA Wm Shrewsbury 549
51 Jul 12-14, 2002  Smoky Mountain Grotto East Fork Stables Campground near Jamestown, TN Chris Kerr  451
52 May 16-18, 2003  Tennessee Central Basin Grotto Camp Tubbs near Rock Island State Park, TN Bobby Hopkins

 317

 53 

May 20-23, 2004

Appalachian Grotto Camp Davy Crockett, 
St. Clair, TN
Brent Allen & Curtis Ellison 

380

54

May 11-15, 2005

Birmingham Grotto Camp Comer near Mentone, AL,  Scott Fee & Joel McGuire 558
55

June 1 - 4, 2006

Central Alabama Grotto Buck's Pocket State Park, near Scottsboro, AL Michael Gilbert

587

56 May 31 - June 3, 2007 East Tennessee Grotto Camp Nakanawa, Crossville, TN   750
57
June 5 - 8, 2008
Mountain Empire Grotto
Bristol Campground Bristol, TN

192
58
May 28 - 31, 2009
Nashville Grotto
Camp on Little River "AKA" the "TAG site" Walker County, GA

554
59
June 17 - 20, 2010
Sewanee Grotto
Monteagle, TN

428
60
June 9 - 12, 2011
SERA
Cavers Paradise Campground Sewanee, TN
Michael Gilbert, Chrys Hulbert, John Hoffelt

61
May 4 - 6, 2012
Birmingham Grotto
Paint Rock Valley 
Estill Fork, AL


62
June 14 - 16, 2013
Central Alabama Grotto
Cumberland Caverns  McMinnville, TN


393

63 May 30 - June 1, 2014 Chattanooga Grotto NSS Headquarters, Huntsville, AL  

229

64 May 8 - 10, 2015 East Tennessee Grotto East Fork Stables, Jamestown, TN Bryan Taylor

365

65 June 2 - 5, 2016 Nashville Grotto Smokey Caldwell's Farm
Pigeon Mountain, GA
   
66 May 19 - 21, 2017 Smoky Mountain Grotto Trials Training Center
Sequatchie, TN
   
67 May 3 - 6, 2018 Birmingham Grotto Camp Maranatha, Scottsboro, AL Alan Cook    
68 May 2 - 5, 2019 Huntsville Grotto Lazy G Wedding Chapel Union Grove, AL Mark Ostrander    
69 Oct 29 - Nov 1, 2020 Upper Cumberland Grotto Camp Parrish(Camp Tubb), Wailing, TN Megan Atkinson & Rose Morgan    

*National Speleological Society Field Trip later known as the first Cave Carnival.

**Tennessee Cavers Reunion later known as the second Cave Carnival.

Source for data prior to 1984: SERA 1983 Cave Carnival Guidebook, Larry O. Blair, Larry E. Matthews, and William W. Torode, pp. 4-5. Chart updated by Larry O. Blair, July 2000. Chart updated by Larry O. Blair, 4 November 2000 with aid of SERA Cave Carnival guidebook collection of Jim R. Whidby, Knoxville, TN.