Spring Festival

May 5-6, 2017

7906 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Townsend, TN 37882
865-448-6134 | 800-525-6834

The deadline has passed for submitting crafter and food vendor applications.

Premier Sponsors


Silver Sponsors
Big Meadow Campground & RV
Great Smoky Mountains Association 

Friends Sponsors
Wood-N-Strings Dulcimer Shop
Carriage House Restaurant
Keep Blount Beautiful

"The Peaceful Side of the Smokies"

Bring your lawn chair and enjoy genuine bluegrass music, arts and crafts, food, and Spring festivities for the entire family at the Townsend Visitor’s Center.
Please! Do not bring your pet to the Festival! With the crowds, kids, activities, crafts, and food, the event is not a good place for your dog or other pets.

Free Admission
Parking:(Proceeds benefit the Townsend Volunteer Fire Department)
Daily Rate $8 | Two-Day Parking Pass $10

FREE Townsend Shuttle

Don’t forget to hop on the FREE shuttle that takes you around Townsend.

Buses, donated from the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, will run from the Heritage Center to Jeepism to Trillium Cove to Little River Railroad Museum to Cades Cove Cellars to Apple Valley to the Townsend Visitors Center and back to the Heritage Center.

One bus runs from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and a second from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., both days. Two buses are operating from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day.
The last bus leaves the Townsend Visitor Center at 6 p.m. and returns to the Heritage Center, on both Friday and Saturday.

Schedule of Events

Bands Scheduled to Perform

Friday, May 5
11:30 Notchy Creek
12:00 Jay Tipton Band
12:40 Carolina Bluegrass
1:25 Hot Water
2:10 Wilson Family
2:40 Blackberry Jam
3:20 High Point Quartet
4:00 Steve Jordan Band
4:35 Jay Tipton Band
5:10 Jones Brothers
5:55 Mike Clemmer
6:10 Blackberry Jam
6:50 Gravel Road
7:20 Lost in Tyme
7:50 Carolina Bluegrass
8:20 Saving Grass
8:50 Notchy Creek
9:20 Close Out Band

Saturday, May 6
11:30 Muleskinners
12:00 Blue Streaks
12:30 Carolina Bluegrass
1:00 Notchy Creek
1:30 Wilson Family
2:00 High Point Quartet
2:30 Jay Tipton Band
3:00 Jones Brothers
3:30 Appalachian Drive
4:10 Blackberry Jam
4:50 Steve Jordan Band
5:20 Raven Welch
5:55 Mike Clemmer
6:10 Blackberry Jam
6:50 Gravel Road
7:30 Notchy Creek
8:10 Square Dance
8:50 Lost in Tyme
9:25 Close Out Band

(All bands and times subject to change without notice.)

Craft Vendors

Common Sense Candles -- Angela Cassavant
Pearl Pagoda -- Hui Malkowski
Bearly Baskets -- Linda & Russell Smith
Lyn Tomczak -- painting on various mediums
Peggy & Sharryn Taylor -- wire-wrapped jewelry w/stones
5 Bears -- Glen & Lew Bailey
Natural Affinity Soaps -- Denisea Mann
Perrys Woodcraft -- Herb & Bonnie Perry
Dandy Candy -- Doug Hawxhurst
Rick Kratz Photography -- Rick Kratz
Sunny Side Crafts -- Laura Luallen
Silver Mountain Jewelry -- Cori Coley
Wiliam J. Saltz -- walking-hiking sticks and driftwood art
Maxine Falls Art -- Maxine Falls
JTF Jewelry -- Judy Fritts
Nelson Farms TN -- Amy Nelson
Keeping the Faith Woodcrafts -- Wilma Roberts
Mudslingers Pottery -- Cherie Dozier
Kate Marshall Graphics -- Kate Marshall
MoJo Bee Company -- Max Rytz
Knotty Gecko Hand Crafts -- Denise Burchfield
Vintage Creations -- Randy Green
Bee Upstyle -- Bonnie Heuser
Indian Boundary General Store -- Mike Williams
Winfred Whitehead -- scroll saw art
Lonnie McMillan -- handmade knives & leather goods
Dragon Fly Soaps -- Traci White
Perspective Unique Photography -- Sheila Floyd
Bill's Log Cabin Lamps -- Bill Fannin
Catch the Spirit of Appalachia, Inc. -- Roy Owenby
Baskets & Bowls -- Sally & Bob Spista
Qulits & More -- Leona & Dalton Jones
South by Southwest -- Selma Burgin
Splendidly Southern -- Sherrie Whitehead
Wood-N-Strings -- Mike Clemmer
Doug Pinion –- Concrete Art
Smoky Mountain Chainsaw Carvers –- outdoor art

Food Vendors

Hawg Trough & chicken boat (baked beans, either pork or chicken, coleslaw, cheddar cheese), pulled pork, chicken or black bean & chipotle sandwich or dinner (1 sandwich, 2 sides & drink), baked beans, green beans, coleslaw & potato salad, chips, cookies, soda, water, tea, coffee and hot chocolate

Bruster's Real Ice Cream
Freshly made ice cream, italian ice, sorbet, served out of vintage ice cream truck

Church of the Cove
Beans and cornbread, hamburgers, chips and drinks

Clotile's Kitchen
Cajun food: Pork, chicken & sausage jambalaya, white beans, boudin balls, water and sodas

Gary Gray Concessions
Old tyme soda pop, new orleans shaved ice

Kaufmann's Kitchen
Fried veggies, grilled bacon cheeseburgers w/ seasoned fries, gresh battered fried catfish sandwich w/ coleslaw and fries, pork tenderloin sandwiches, onion rings, potato swirls, strawberry, lime or lemonade, sweet and unsweet tea

Kennys Smokehouse
BBQ pork sandwiches, smoked turkey legs, philly cheese steak, smoke sausages, chicken fingers and fry baskets, hot wings, ribbon fries, funnel cakes, fried oreos, lemonade, frozen lemonade, tea and soda

Knights of Columbus Foothills Smokers
Pulled pork sandwich, chicken & rib dinner with beans and slaw

Stanley's Produce & Bakery
Strawberries, strawberry shortcake, strawberry bread, pumpkin spice rolls, carrot cake, fried apple pies, water and coffee

Toby's Kettle Corn
Kettle corn, pork rinds, lemonade, coke & water

Wears Valley Ranch
Grilled steak on a stick, grilled corn on the cob, homeade icecream, fesh squeezed lemonade

MJ's Deep Fried Veggies & Sweets
Broccoli/cauliflower cheese bites, chicken chunks, corn dogs (2 sizes) corn nuggets, helen's jalepeno poppers, Joe's fried bologna burger, milt's home fries, marry's ribbon fries, mozzarella sticks, DT's beer battered onion rings, painter burger, pickles, deep fried moon pies, oreos, twinkies, butterscotch/chocolate dipped cheesecake, drinks and water

On-Site Demonstrators

Cornmeal Making -- Ronald & Angel Fowler
Farm Equipment -- Phil Cox
Oil Painting Demonstrations -- Auora Bull
White Oak Shingle Making -- Sam White

Exhibit Room

Rug Hooking -- Carol McBride
Woodcarving -- Lendel Abbott

Featured Authors

Dr. Lin Stepp - "Daddy's Girl"
Roy Oliver - "The Last Man From Tremont"

Other Activities

Children's Story Telling - CHARM
Smoky Mountain Flywheels - Jimmy Pierce
Appalachian Bear Rescue
Cades Cove Preservation Association -- Meet descendants of Cades Cove
Cades Cove Artifacts - Harry Adams
Keep Blount Beautiful
Smoky Mountain Model A Club

Other Townsend Events

Trillium Cove
117 Painted Trillium Way, Townsend

Trillium Cove provides visitors a unique shopping experience, at the entrance of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Intertwining walkways meander through the Appalachian style village, offering cabin rentals & real estate, if you're in the market to relax and enjoy panoramic mountain views.

We are conveniently located on Hwy. 321 and the Townsend foot and bike paths ...so whether by car, bicycle, or on foot, we invite you to visit Trillium Cove ..."Townsend's Downtown."

Old Timers Day, Cades Cove
May 7
Celebrate the heritage and culture of Cades Cove with the Cades Cove Preservation Association at Old Timers Day at the Cable Mill visitors center. Former residents will speak of growing up and living in this historic valley in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park while musicians play historic mountain music around the lawn at the Mill area. The CCPA will also have historic exhibits and photographs of homesteads that populated the valley.

Railroad Days at Little River Railroad & Lumber Co. Museum
May 5 (10 a.m.-5 p.m.), May 6 (1-5 p.m.)
7747 East Lamar Alexander Pkwy., Townsend
865.448.2211 | www.littleriverrailroad.org
The Little River Railroad and Lumber Company is a non-profit corporation founded in 1982 to preserve the heritage of the Little River Lumber Company and the Little River Railroad. We operate a museum in Townsend, Tennessee, collecting, preserving and exhibiting the history of these companies, and of the people in this region.

Nawger Nob Arts & Crafts Fair May 6-7 (9 a.m.-5 p.m.)
7321 East Lamar Alexander Pkwy., Townsend
865-448-6350 | www.woodcarvers.com
Arts and crafts fair under the trees at Nawger Knob shopping area. Dozens of crafts persons and booths, runs all day.

May 6
8205 Highway 73, Townsend
865-738-3088 | www.jeepism.com
Jeepism is hosting a ride to Rich Mountain Rd. at 2 p.m. as part of its birthday weekend.

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center
May 6
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center
123 Cromwell Dr., Townsend
(865) 448-0044 | www.gsmheritagecenter.org
The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center plays host to the Tennessee Pottery Festival on Saturday, May 6 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $5. Children 5 and under are free. This showcase features a collection of the nation's finest potters with demonstrations from featured artist Joe Frank McKee from Dillsboro, N.C. Lunch is available on site from the Blount County Fire Dept., as well as live music ffrom Maddy Carpenter and Jordan McCullough. Also check out the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center as it celebrates the cultural heritage of East Tennessee and the Great Smoky Mountains region. the gallery exhibits, educational programs, demonstrations and festivals guide you on an historic journey through time to visit the diverse cultures of Townsend and Tuckaleechee Cove.