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  • Lifestyle Alert: 20th Annual Townsend Heritage Festival and Old Timers Day Scheduled for September 28-29, 2012

    Fri, 08 Jun 2012 15:14:05

    Lifestyle Alert: 20th Annual Townsend Heritage Festival and Old Timers Day Scheduled for September 28-29, 2012 - It takes place in Tennessee

    For two decades, visitors and East Tennessee natives have come together to celebrate the fall beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains while learning a little about the unique and enduring heritage of Townsend, Blount County and East Tennessee at the Townsend Heritage Festival and Old Timers Day. The heritage festival provides an opportunity to enjoy and partake in many traditional Appalachian events and activities.

    The 20th Annual Townsend Heritage Festival and Old Timers Day includes a wide array of East Tennessee traditions and experiences for guests including bluegrass and mountain music, clogging, storytelling, children's activities, crafts by local artisans, great Southern food and demonstrations of a variety of Appalachian skills, such as basketry, spinning, weaving, woodcarving, apple butter making, beekeeping and blacksmithing. The two-day festival is free, and it celebrates Southern Appalachian Mountain culture and heritage. It has been voted several times as one of the top 20 events in the Southeast.

    WHEN: September 28-29, 2012
    9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day, later for music

    WHERE: Townsend Visitors Center
    7906 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway
    Townsend, Tennessee 37882

    Townsend is located in East Tennessee and is a gateway to the Cades Cove entrance of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most visited national park in the county.

    The Townsend Heritage Festival was created to celebrate the heritage of the Great Smoky Mountains and to keep Appalachian culture alive while giving visitors a look into the unique traditions. Twenty years ago, the festival began with bluegrass bands and musicians pickin' on the porch and has since grown into a family event, bringing East Tennessee mountain culture into the hearts of visitors, young and old.

    Free? Historical? Awesome. Enjoy some Americana, roadside culture,people!

    Who's planning to attend?

    —Katie Sheehan
    06.08.12



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