Townsend Spring Festival

Bluegrass music highlights the festival

May 4-5, 2018

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.

7906 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Townsend, TN 37882

Applications for crafters and food vendors is closed.

Premier Sponsor

Silver Sponsors
Big Meadow Family Campground
Wood-N-Strings Dulcimer Shop

Friends Sponsors
The Chocolate Bar

Jammer’s Tent Sponsor
Smoky Mountain River Rat Tubing

No Pets

Daily Schedule

May 4 
Crafts & Demonstrations: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Food: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Music: Noon-10 p.m.

May 5
Crafts & Demonstrations: 10 a.m.-6 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.

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 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.


Sunnyside Crafts - Laura Luallen -- Bottlecap crafts, aprons, dish towels, small home décor items, painted furniture, wreaths, tabletop floral.

Silver Mountain Jewelry - Cori Coley -- Sterling silver jewelry, copper & brass w/gemstones

This and That Vinyls & Crafts - Ginger Cooper -- Vinyl wood & ceramic signs and various items that vinyl is applied to like mugs, cups, buckets, etc.

Lonnie McMillan -- Muzzloading rifles, knives, turkey callers

Dandy Candy - Yvonne Hawxhurst -- Homemade caramels

Bearly Baskets - Linda Smith

Baskets and Bowls - Bob & Sally Spista

5 Bears - Lew & Glen Bailey -- Sandstone coasters & glass cutting boards sublimated with local interest images, and custom cut & sculpted wood mosaic wall hangings

Quilts and More - Leona Jones -- Quilts, table runners to baby quilts, lap quilts

CC Tillery, Author - Christy Tillery French -- Appalachian historical fiction books

Little House Ind. - Joseph Dinwiddie -- KY stick chairs, wood birdhouses, bird feeders, tobacco stick crafts, paracord crafts, corn hole boards

Bill’s Log Cabin Lamps - Bill & Mary Fannin

J. P. Sales - James Pierce -- Jewelry made out of silverware

Doug Pinion - Concrete art

Rick Kratz Photography - Rick Kratz

Kristi Townsend -- PVC pipe bows & arrows, wooden dowels, sock gnomes & snowmen; marshmallow shooters

Traci White -- Artisan soap, lotion, bath bombs, bubble scoops, body butters, pure soy wooden wick candles & wax melts

JTF Jewelry - Judy Fritts -- Custom beaded, wire-sculpted jewelry

Raven’s Moon Jewelry - Peggy & Shaddyn Taylor -- Natural stone jewelry-wire wrapped & strung

Winfred Whitehead -- Scroll saw art

Perry’s Woodcraft - Herb & Bonnie Perry -- Wood pens, vases, napkin holders, toys, novelty designs, trivets

Wood-N-Strings Dulcimer - Mike Clemmer

Maxine Falls -- Art-old window, feathers, oil painting

Mojo Bee Co. - Jeff Rader -- Selling honey & exhibiting our bees-Trailer 10x7

T.H.E. Pearl Pagoda - Hui Malkowski -- Farm raised natural freshwater pearl jewelry

Smoky Mountain Pine Arts & Poetry - Darlene Clabo -- Pine cone flower art and local mountain poetry

Knotty Gecko Handcrafts - Denise Burchfield -- Hand ties, bracelets, key chains, adjustable headbands, mug handles and more.

South by Southwest - Selma Burgin Bailey -- Native American handcrafted jewelry, new and vintage, sterling silver, turquoise, coral all genuine stones

Wildwoods Dream - Anna Radosti -- Nature inspired handmade items from jewelry to home/garden decor.

Natural Affinity Soap - Denisea Mann -- Handcrafted herbal and essential oil products, natural bug repellent, poison ivy products, pain balms, soaps

Martha Crow -- Guitar/mandolin/dulcimer/banjo/camera straps, rifle straps, purses & accessories, headbands

Michele Teller -- Hand crafted bars of soap using only the finest oils, herbs & spices and honey

Tammie Stiles -- Artisan soaps, Different styles & colors, Lotions, bath bombs and sea salt scrubs

Jenny Weatherford -- Hand painted on handmade & restored antique items such as barrels, chairs, small tables, baskets, etc.

Sandie’s Stitching Kitchen - Sandie Nuttall -- Sewing-stovetop protectors, oven mitt, casserole carrier, pot holders, microwave bowls

Greg & Crissy Swaney -- Deco mesh wreaths, journal covers, memo pad holders, wood working such as noodle boards and serving trays and bird feeders.

Mudslingers Pottery - Cherie Dozier


Knights of Columbus/Foothill Smokers - Pulled pork sandwich & dinner, chicken & rib dinners, all dinners have beans & slaw

Williams’ Foods - Gyros, kabobs, crab cakes, Greek salad, and rice pilaf

Stanleys Produce & Bakery - Baked goods, strawberry shortcake, cookies

B & B BarBQ - Hawg trough, chicken boat, dinners, hoagies, biscuit & jelly, assorted muffins, canned soda, bottled water, coffee, hot tea, hot chocolate

Clotile’s Kitchen - Jambalaya, Cajun sausage, boudin

B & W Food Stand - Hamburger, philly steak & cheese, fries, crazy potatoes, deep fried treats, coffee, tea, soda, water, lemonade

Gary Gray Concessions - Olde Tyme soda pop New Orleans style shaved ice

Bruster’s Real Ice Cream - Various ice cream flavors, sorbet and Italian ice, cups and/or waffle cones

Mamas Gallinas - Panini, flatbread, pizzas, gluten free pizzas, fried lasagna

Toby’s Kettle Korn - Kettle Korn, pork rinds, lemonade, Coke & water

Allison Concessions - Funnel cakes, tornado fries, corn dog, chili cheese fries, loaded baked potato, lemonade and tea


Cornmeal Making – Ronald & Angel Fowler

Farm Equipment – Phil Cox

Antique Tractor Club – Jimmy Pierce

White Oak Shingle Making – Sam White

Smoky Mountain Raptor Center – Learn about and view live rescued birds of prey found in East Tennessee

Apple & Peach Butter Making – David Raper

EXHIBIT ROOM (10 a.m.-5 p.m.)

Rug Hooking – Carol McBride

Pottery – Carol Ware

Quilting – Ila Mae Morton and Dorothy Belcher

Art/Painting – Aurora Harrison Bull


Roy Oliver - "The Last Man From Tremont"


Appalachian Bear Rescue

Cades Cove Preservation Association – Meet descendants of Cades Cove

Cades Cove Carvings

Great Smoky Mountains Institute of Tremont

Keep Blount Beautiful

CHARM (CHilhowee ARea Ministries) presents a demonstration of the heritage of religion in the mountains. You can walk inside a miniature church, look at old photos, and hear stories about the olden days in local churches. There will also be many children’s games and activities.

Picking throughout the Grounds - Dedicated tents for Jammers


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 whether by car, bicycle, or on foot, we invite you to visit Trillium Cove ...”Townsend’s Downtown.”

Old Timers Day, Cades Cove
May 5
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 4 (10 a.m.-5 p.m.), May 5 (1-5 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, Tennessee, collecting, preserving and exhibiting the history of these companies, and of the people in this region.

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center
May 5
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center
123 Cromwell Dr., Townsend
(865) 448-0044 |
The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center plays host to the Tennessee Pottery Festival on Saturday, May 5 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $5. Children 5 and under are free.

Featuring a selection of the nation’s finest potters, this festival offers the opportunity to view and purchase different styles of pottery and other goods made of clay.

Clay Art connoisseurs and novices are invited to enjoy the pieces of art in the historic village at the Heritage Center.

This is a perfect time to learn from and discuss different styles and forms of pottery with the expert potters. The Tennessee Pottery Festival is a unique opportunity to find the perfect piece of custom clay art for your home. Whether it is for decoration or function, this festival will have something for everyone at a wide range of price of art as unique as the state of Tennessee.

Seasonal Info


Friday, May 4
11:30 a.m. --- Timberwinds
12:00 p.m. --- Harley and The Boy’s
12:40 p.m. --- High Point Quartet
1:25 p.m. --- Grandview Pickers
2:10 p.m. --- Bluegrass Friends
2:40 p.m. --- Blackberry Jam
3:20 p.m. --- Appalachian Grass
4:00 p.m. --- Brushfire
4:35 p.m. --- Harley and The Boy’s
5:10 p.m. --- Sowder and Williams
5:55 p.m. --- Mike Clemmer
6:10 p.m. --- Blackberry Jam
6:50 p.m. --- Gravel Road and Company
7:20 p.m. --- Grandview Pickers
7:50 p.m. --- Rail Riders
8:20 p.m. --- Foothills Express
8:50 p.m. --- Steve Jordan Band
9:20 p.m. --- Close Out Band

Saturday, May 5
11:30 a.m. --- High Point Quartet
12:00 p.m. --- Blue Streaks
12:30 p.m. --- Grandview Pickers
1:00 p.m. --- Muleskinners
1:30 p.m. --- Carolina Bluegrass
2:00 p.m. --- Brushfire
2:30 p.m. --- Foothills Express
3:00 p.m. --- Appalachian Grass
3:30 p.m. --- Grandview Pickers
4:10 p.m. --- Blackberry Jam
4:50 p.m. --- Steve Jordan Band
5:20 p.m. --- Brushfire
5:55 p.m. --- Mike Clemmer
6:10 p.m. --- Blackberry Jam
6:50 p.m. --- Gravel Road and Company
7:30 p.m. --- Appalachian Drive
8:10 p.m. --- Square Dance
8:50 p.m. --- Rail Riders
9:25 p.m. --- Close Out Band

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


Cades Cove Loop

The Cades Cove Loop is a scenic, 11-mile drive with a backdrop of the mountain peaks and its lush, rolling greens. The loop is a one-way, one-lane paved road; be prepared to stop frequently, and the loop takes approximately two to four hours to complete. Nevertheless, the slow pace makes it easy to enjoy the mountain landscapes, wildflower meadows and diverse wildlife. When traveling the scenic loop road, plan to get out and visit the restored buildings, the Visitor Center, and the ample photo spots.


Historic Buildings

For hundreds of years, Cherokee Native Americans hunted in Cades Cove. The first Europeans settled in the cover between 1818 and 182, and by 1830, the population expanded to 271 residents. Scattered along the loop are three churches, a working grist mill, barns, log houses, and many other faithfully restored eighteenth and nineteenth-century structures. Pick up a tour booklet for information about the buildings you'll see in the cove and the people who lived here.


Enjoying Wildlife at a Leisurely Pace

Cades Cove is a broad, verdant valley surrounded by mountains and is the most visited part of this National Park, and offers some of the best opportunities for wildlife viewing in the park. Large numbers of white-tailed deer are frequently seen, and sightings of black bear, coyote, ground hog, turkey, raccoon, skunk, and other animals are also possible.

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