Townsend Heritage Festival

Smoky Mountains Come Alive with Music, Food & Crafts

September 27-28, 2019

Bring your lawn chair and enjoy genuine bluegrass music, arts and crafts, food, and Fall festivities for the entire family at the Townsend Visitor’s Center.

7906 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Townsend, TN 37882

Applications for crafters and food vendors are closed.

Premier Sponsors
Wild Laurel Golf Course
LeafFilter North of Tennessee, LLC
The Daily Times

Silver Sponsors
Big Meadow Family Campground
Cades Cove Cellars

Friends Sponsors
Tremont Lodge and Resort
Smoky Mountain River Rat

Jammer’s Tent Sponsor
Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center

No Pets

Daily Schedule

Sept. 28 
Crafts & Demonstrations: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Food: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Music: Noon-10 p.m.

Sept. 29 
Crafts & Demonstrations: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Food: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Music: 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

Parking is $10 per day or $15 for two-day pass. Proceeds benefit the Townsend Volunteer Fire Department. 
Parking passes may be purchased at the Townsend Visitor Center (7906 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy., Townsend), the Maryville Welcome Center (201 S. Washington St., Maryville) or at the parking gate on event days.

Parking passes can be purchased online by going to this link and clicking the "Register" button at the bottom of that web page.

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 Little Arrow Campground to the Heritage Center 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.

The last bus will leave the Townsend Visitor Center at 6 p.m. and returns to the Heritage Center, on both Friday and Saturday.


Garden to Gourmet Goodness - Brenda Anderson - Handmade jams, using old fashioned recipes with a modern twist.
5 Bears - Lew & Glen Bailey - Sandstone coasters & glass cutting boards sublimated with local interest images, and custom cut & sculpted wood mosaic wall hangings.
Dandy Candy - Yvonne Hawxhurst - Homemade Caramels.
South by Southwest - Selma Burgin Bailey - Native American handcrafted jewelry, new and vintage, sterling silver, turquoise, coral all genuine stones.
Jo-Ann Brooks - Wreaths and Lanterns.
Joyce Buchanan - Crochet mini ponchos, shawls, dishcloths.
Knotty Gecko Handcrafts - Denise Burchfield - Handmade ties, bracelets, key chains, adjustable headbands, mug handles.
Common Sense Candles - Angela Casavant - Beeswax lantern candles decorated with pressed flowers.
Smoky Mountain Pine Arts & Poetry - Darlene Clabo - Pine cone flower art and local mountain poetry.
Wood-N-Strings Dulcimer - Mike Clemmer - Dulcimers.
Silver Mountain Jewelry - Cori Coley - Sterling silver jewelry, copper & brass with gemstones.
This and That Vinyls & Crafts - Ginger Cooper - Vinyl wood & ceramic signs.
Little House Ind. - Joseph Dinwiddie - KY stick chairs, wood birdhouses, bird feeders, tobacco stick crafts, paracord crafts, corn hole boards.
Mudslingers Pottery - Cherie Dozier - Pottery.
Maxine Falls - Art-old window, feathers, oil painting.
Bill’s Log Cabin Lamps - Bill & Mary Fannin - Log cabin lamps.
JTF Jewelry - Judy Fritts - Handcrafted and custom beaded and wire-sculpted jewelry.
Bay’s Mountain Handmade Soap - Greg & Crissy Gass - Artisan soap from base oils and ingredients.
Robin Greenlee - Nature and wildlife photographer,
Rebecca Hiatt - Nature & landscape photography & fine art featuring primarily the S.E. United States and mountains.
B.D. Hitch - Muscadine juice.
Sannie Mae’s Heirloom Foods - Sandy Hood - Homemade Canned goods.
Quilts and More - Leona Jones - Quilts, table runners, baby quilts, lap quilts.
Rick Kratz Photography - Nature Photography.
G2 Woodworks - Gary Kufel - Handmade porch swings, benches, chairs, novelty signs, & Minuteshelf.
Sunnyside Crafts - Laura Luallen - Bottlecap crafts, aprons, dish towels, small home décor items, painted furniture, wreaths and tabletop floral.
T.H.E. Pearl Pagoda - Hui Malkowski - Family farm raised natural freshwater pearl jewelry.
Natural Affinity Soap - Denisea Mann - Handcrafted herbal and essential oil products, natural bug repellent, poison ivy products, pain balms, soaps.
Lonnie McMillan - Muzzle loading rifles, knives, turkey callers.
Carolyn Meiller - Author under name of Reba Rhyne - “Butterfield Station” and “My Cherokee Rose.”
Helen Patterson - Acrylic Painting.
Perry’s Woodcraft - Herb & Bonnie Perry - Hand turned wood pens, wood vases, napkin holder with wood design, wood toys, novelty wood designs, trivets.
J. P. Sales - James Pierce - Jewelry made out of silverware.
Mojo Bee Co. - Jeff Rader - Honey & exhibiting bees.
Wildwoods Dream - Anna Radosti - Nature inspired handmade items from jewelry to home/garden decor.
Smoky Mtn. Custom Shirts & Crafts - Brenda Ray - Home décor, tumblers, towels, t-shirts, vinyl designs.
Marlene Settle - Woodcrafts, flower pot lighthouses, decorated gourds.
Bear-ly Baskets - Linda Smith - Handmade baskets.
Baskets and Bowls - Bob & Sally Spista - Handmade baskets.
Tammie Stiles - Artisan soaps, lotions, bath bombs, sea salt scrubs.
Raven’s Moon Jewelry - Peggy & Shaddyn Taylor - Natural stone jewelry-wirewrapped & strung.
Black Bear’s Den Soap - Michele Teller - Hand crafted bars of soap using only the finest oils, herbs & spices and honey.
Lyn & Paul Tomczak - Decorative art painting on various surfaces, acrylic medium, Christmas wooden ornaments hand painted, baskets and painted lids, sleds handcrafted and painted, hand painted wood trays.
Kristi Townsend - PVC pipe bows & arrows, wooden dowels, sock gnomes & snowmen; marshmallow shooters.
Primitive Wood Crafts - John & Sharon Wamsley - Handmade woodcrafts.
Jenny Weatherford - Hand painted on handmade & restored antique items such as barrels, chairs, small tables, baskets.
Dragonfly Soaps - Traci White - Handcrafted artisan soap, lotion, bath bombs, bubble scoops, body butters, and pure soy wooden wick candles & wax melts.
Winfred Whitehead - Scroll saw art.
Mamma Lucy’s Mountain Ways - Crystal Wilson - Tea and salves made from farm-grown herbs.


Smoky Mountain Raptor Center


Cornmeal Making

Farm Equipment


Carol McBride – Rug Hooking and Misc. Crafts

Carol Ware – Pottery Animals, People & Beads

Ila Mae Morton & Dorothy Belcher – Quilting Demos

Joyce Jarman – Fiber Arts

Featured Author – Roy Oliver, “The Last Man From Tremont”


CHARM Storybook House

Appalachian Bear Rescue

Antique Tractor Club

Cades Cove Preservation

Cades Cove Carvings

White Oak Shingle Making

Apple Butter Making

Great Smoky Mountains Institute of Tremont

Blount County Geneological & Historical Society

Seasonal Info


Friday, September 28
11:30 - Friends of Bluegrass
12:00 - Carolina Bluegrass
12:40 - Timberwinds
1:25 - Sweetwater Grass
2:40 - Blackberry Jam
3:20 - Grandview Pickers
4:00 - Appalachian Grass
4:35 - Brushfire
5:10 - Grandview Pickers
5:55 - Mike Clemmer
6:10 - Blackberry Jam
6:50 - Rail Riders
7:20 - Gravel Road
7:50 - Rail Riders
8:20 - Foothills Express
8:50 - Jones Brothers
9:20 - Carolina Bluegrass

Saturday, September 29
11:30 - Muleskinner
12:00 - Bluestreaks
12:30 - Carolina Bluegrass
1:00 - Grandview Pickers
1:30 - Sweetwater Grass
2:00 - Rail Riders
2:30 - TryeStar Travelers
3:00 - Brushfire
3:30 - Appalachian Grass
4:10 - Blackberry Jam
4:50 - Jones Brothers
5:20 - Gravel Road
5:55 - Mike Clemmer
6:10 - Blackberry Jam
6:50 - Rail Riders
7:30 - Square Dance featuring Carolina Bluegrass
8:10 - Foothills Express
8:50 - Grandview Pickers
9:25 - Carolina Bluegrass


B & B BarBQ -- BBQ Hawg Trough, Pork or Chicken Sandwich, Sides, water, sodas, coffee, hot chocolate
B & W Food Stand -- Funnel Cakes, Corn dogs, fries, hamburger, philly cheese steak, crazy potatoes, sweet treats, soda, water, tea
Chadwick's Creamery -- Homemade ice cream, soft drinks and bottled water
Church of the Cove -- Ham and beans/cornbread/drinks
Gary Gray Concessions -- Olde Tyme Soda Pop & New Orleans Style Shaved Ice
Knights of Columbus/Foothills Smokers -- Pulled Pork Sandwich & Dinner, Rib Dinner, Dinners will have beans and slaw
Stanley's Produce -- Fried Apple Pies, Breads, Cookies, Pumpkin Rolls, Brownies, Pimento Cheese, Apple Dumplings
Toby's Kettle Korn -- Kettle Korn, Pork Rinds, Lemonade, Coke & Water
Waffley Good -- Wafflewiches-they are sandwiches wrapped in waffles. Chicken & waffles, philly steak, BLT, Funky Monkey, berries and lemon cream, etc.


Blue Ribbon Concert
Sept. 28 7 p.m.
123 Cromwell Drive, Townsend
(located between Townsend’s only traffic light and the national park entrance on Scenic Hwy 73)
865.448.0044 |

Enjoy a Blue Ribbon Country Fair kickoff concert by the Early Morning String Dusters at the Heritage Center on Friday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. Tickets for this comedy and fast-paced picking show are $10 per person (GSMHC members, children 5 and under are free).

Blue Ribbon Country Fair
Sept. 29 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
123 Cromwell Drive, Townsend
(located between Townsend’s only traffic light and the national park entrance on Scenic Hwy 73)
865.448.0044 |

The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center celebrates the 11th Annual Blue Ribbon Country Fair. Bring your family and friends and delight in Blount County’s only fair! Participate in various contests that include hog calling, rooster crowing, the lodge ladies skillet throw or even catch the greased pig! Admission: $5 per person, free for Heritage Center members.

Railroad Days at Little River Railroad & Lumber Co. Museum
Sept. 29, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
7747 East Lamar Alexander Pkwy., Townsend
865.448.2211 |

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, collecting, preserving and exhibiting the history of these companies, and of the people in this region.


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