Fall is sure the time for festivals in the Smoky Mountains! Here’s another one for ya — the Townsend Fall Heritage Festival and Old Timers Day.
Wow. Is that a mouthful, or what? I can’t believe the event name is THAT long! In fact, I think I’ll see how many times I can type that WHOLE thing in this post. Just for fun.
So, the the Townsend Fall Heritage Festival and Old Timers Day is coming right up on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 28-29. It takes place in Townsend, which isn’t too far from Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg — just about 30 minutes. The event takes place all around — at the Heritage Center and Trillium Cove and Little River Railroad Museum and Nawger Nob and the Townsend Visitors Center. (But mostly at the Visitors Center.)
Sound like the Townsend Fall Heritage Festival and Old Timers Day is crazy? Well, it may be, but there’s a big plus! There are free shuttles that take you from place to place — all around Townsend.
So what can you expect at the Townsend Fall Heritage Festival and Old Timers Day? Here’s what will be going on:
- FREE! First of all, this festival is free and family-oriented. But no pets allowed.
- Music and Dancing. There’s a detailed schedule of stage performances, including lots of (what else?) bluegrass music, but other kinds, too. And there are supposed to also be lots of impromptu jam sessions, which could be fun. Got a banjo? Oh, and there’s also a square dance (how fun would THAT be!?!) on Saturday evening.
- Tractors! And Old Cars! There’s an antique tractor show going on all day on Saturday, and the Smoky Mountain Classic Thunderbird Club will be on hand Friday to showcase antique cars.
- Arts and Crafts. The Townsend Fall Heritage Festival and Old Timers Day will showcase tons of arts and craftish-type things. These will be shown on Friday and Sautrday. The demonstrations will include, but not be limited to, Cherokee finger weaving, apple-head-doll making, apple cider making, cast iron cooking, rug hooking, apple butter making, and blacksmithing. Well! We could all learn a little something about apple-head-doll making! Am I right?
- Storytelling. Local storytellers will educate and entertain visitors with mountain stories that will paint a picture of Appalachian heritage. Also, this year, author Roy Oliver will be signing his book, Last Man from Tremont, on Friday and Saturday.
PS — Check out this fun Townsend Festivals web page for more info. It’s really cute!
Okay, so I only managed to get “the Townsend Fall Heritage Festival and Old Timers Day” in here five times. Still pretty impressive that I typed it that many times, right? Wrong! I cut and paste! That is just WAY too long a name to type! Ha!