Townsend Fall Heritage Festival and Old Timers Day (Sept. 27 and 28)

The Fall Heritage Festival and Old Timer’s Day is part of “Townsend Days”, with the Blue Ribbon Country Fair at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, Sept. 24, Railroad Days at the Little River Railroad Museum, Sept. 24, and the Nawger Nob Arts and Crafts Show, Sept. 24-25.

The Fall Heritage Festival and Old Timer’s Day is part of “Townsend Days”, with the Blue Ribbon Country Fair at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, Sept. 26, Railroad Days at the Little River Railroad Museum, Sept. 26, and the Nawger Nob Arts and Crafts Show, Sept. 28-29.

Schedule of Events

Friday, September 27
(Please call 865-448-6134 for updates and refer to posted maps. *All times and performances are subject to change.)

All day: Bluegrass music and clogging at the stage and jam sessions on the porch and under the trees.

10am-6pm: Appalachian skills around the grounds:

– Blacksmithing, David and Melanie Thompson
– Sorghum Molasses Making, Mark and Sherry Guenther
– Apple Butter Making, Marie DeVault and friends
– Apple Cider Making, Liles Acres Organic Farm and Friends
– Apple Head Dolls, Sallie Swor
– Cornmeal Making, Ronald and Angel Fowler
– White Oak Shingle-making, Sam White
– Beekeeping and Observation Hive, Tony Holt
– Cherokee Finger Weaving, Charaity Hubbard
– Cast Iron Cooking, Blount Co. Fire Protection District
– Cades Cove Preservation Association Exhibits
– Black Bear Booth, Appalachian Bear Rescue

10am-6pm: Arts and crafts in the Exhibit Room

– Rug Hooking, Carol McBride
– Charcoal Pencil Artwork, Andy England
– Quilting, Ila Mae Morton and Maetta Conrad
– Basketry, Karen Kenst and Bonny Kate Sugg
– Woodcarving, Lendel Abbott
– Weaving and Weaving, Sue Mason

10am-6pm: Arts and Crafts Booths in the back field
10:am-8pm: Food Booths open in the back field

10am-5pm: “Harvest Market” demonstrations and sales: Gardening, plants and autumn decorations-Trillium Cove Home and Garden, and other items from area growers. In front of the Visitors Center

10am-3pm: Meet the Llamas from Liles Acres Organic Farm, and see their wool spun into yarn. On the grounds.

10am-5pm: Smoky Mountain Classic Thunderbird Club, antique car show along the bicycle path.

2pm-5pm: Book-signing with featured author Barbara Swell, author of Log Cabin Cooking, Take Two and Butter ‘Em While They’re Hot!, Secrets of the Great Old-Timey Cooks, and more! In the Visitors Center.

1pm, 3pm, 5pm: Cake Raffles with proceeds to the Hearts and Hands Scholarship Fund, at the stage. Bake sale all day.

Saturday, September 28

(Please call 865-448-6134 for updates and refer to posted maps.)

All day: Bluegrass music and clogging at the stage and jam sessions on the porch and under the trees.

8pm or so: Square Dance with caller Don Tipton and the Carolina Bluegrass Boys. Sponsored by Pioneer Cabins and Guest Farm.

10am-5pm: Antique Tractor Show: Tractors and engines from the Foothills Tractor Club. In the field

10am-5pm: Appalachian skills around the grounds:

– Blacksmithing, David and Melanie Thompson
– Sorghum Molasses Making, Mark and Sherry Guenther
– Apple Butter Making, Marie DeVault and friends
– Apple Cider Making, Liles Acres Organic Farm and Friends
– Apple Head Dolls, Sallie Swor
– Cornmeal Making, Ronald and Angel Fowler
– White Oak Shingle-making, Sam White
– Beekeeping and Observation Hive, Tony Holt
– Cherokee Finger Weaving, Charaity Hubbard
– Cast Iron Cooking, Blount Co. Fire Protection District
– Cades Cove Preservation Association Exhibits
– Black Bear Booth, Appalachian Bear Rescue

10am-5pm: Arts and crafts in the Exhibit Room

– Rug Hooking, Carol McBride
– Charcoal Pencil Artwork, Andy England
– Quilting, Ila Mae Morton and Maetta Conrad
– Basketry, Karen Kenst and Bonny Kate Sugg
– Woodcarving, Lendel Abbott
– Spinning, Dale Liles
– Weaving, Sue Mason

10am-6pm: Arts and Crafts booths in the back field
10am-8pm: Food Booths open in the back field

10am-12noon: “Dulcimer Celebration” in the Storytelling Tent
Workshop and Concert. Bring your mountain dulcimer and learn tips from Deby Libby and Linda Smith of “TNT Dulcimer Band” on tuning, playing, and maintaining your dulcimer. Then enjoy a lively concert from these talented musicians. (Some loan instruments will be available.)

10am-5pm: Smoky Mountain Classic Thunderbird Club, antique car show along the bicycle path.

10am-3pm: Meet the Llamas from Liles Acres Organic Farm, and see their wool spun into yarn. On the grounds

1:00pm-3:30pm: Smoky Mountain Tales, sponsored by Top of Townsend Cabins:

A program of mountain stories for all ages in the Storytelling Tent:
featured guest Kathryn Atkins-Roberson of Knoxville, member of the National Storytelling Network, the Tennessee Storytelling Association, and the Smoky Mountain Storytellers Association. Plus, woodcarver Lendel Abbott, and Mistress of Ceremony Robin Goddard. See posted schedule.

1pm, 3pm, 5pm: Cake Raffles with proceeds to the Hearts and Hands Scholarship Fund, at the stage. Bake sale all day beside the Stage.

1pm-5pm: Book-signing with featured author and photographer, Bill Lea. In the Visitors Center.

***Please! Do not bring your pet to the Festival!***

2 thoughts on “Townsend Fall Heritage Festival and Old Timers Day (Sept. 27 and 28)”

  1. how much is the parking fee at the Heritage Center? Also , if we use the free shuttle, are there admission charges at the other sites?

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