Are you ready for some fun this weekend, mountain style? The 18th Annual Townsend Heritage Festival and Old Timer's Day is this Friday and Saturday, September 24-25. There will be lots to see and do including bluegrass music, clogging, mountain music jam sessions, storytelling, antique tractors, family activities, crafts by local artisans, great food, and demonstrations of a variety of traditional skills.
Festival events are free and will take place on the grounds of the Townsend Visitors Center. There will also be a Blue Ribbon County Fair at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, Railroad Days at the Little River Railroad Museum, and an Arts and Crafts Show at Nawger Nob.
And this is a green event. In partnership with Keep Blount Beautiful and Spectra Recycling, Inc., we will be recycling plastic and aluminum at the Fall Festival. Your recycling efforts benefit Hearts and Hands Scholarship Fund.
You can meet the Llamas from Liles Acres Organic Farm. Sheri Russell can show you how to handspin their wool into yarn and how to make apple cider. You can learn about bee keeping, herb gardening, chair caning, basketry, woodcarving, quilting, blacksmithing, moonshining, and much much more. And you don't want to miss the pie eating contest, antique tractor show, kids activities, and more food than you can shake a stick at.
Thomas Maupin, National Champion Buckdancer from Murfreesboro will be performing, as well as square dancing and Appalachian storytelling. And of course there will be lots of bluegrass music and mountain music jam sessions everywhere.
So, come celebrate some mountain culture and the fall beauty of our Great Smoky Mountains, this Friday and Saturday. Bluegrass in the mountains is good for your soul. And hey, you can do some pickin' and a grinin' too.
For more details and updates, click here or call the Townsend Visitors Center at 800-525-6834 or 865-448-6134.
Townsend Days Map of Events