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 food vendors and crafters are closed.

Premier Sponsors
LeafFilter North of Tennessee, LLC
Renewal by Andersen

Silver Sponsors
Big Meadow Family Campground
Great Smoky Mountains Association
Smoky Mountain River Rat

Jammer’s Tent Sponsor
Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center
Tremont Lodge and Resort

No Pets

Daily Schedule

Sept. 27 
Crafts & Demonstrations: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Food: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Music: Noon-10 p.m.

Sept. 28 
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 the FREE shuttle that takes you around Townsend.

Buses, donated from the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, run from the Heritage Center to Little Arrow to Big Meadow Campground & RV to Little River Railroad Museum to Cades Cove Cellars to Apple Valley to Townsend Visitor center to 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 leaves the Townsend Visitor Center at 6 p.m. and returns to the Heritage Center, both Friday and Saturday.


Marcy’s Photo Journey - Doug & Marcy Wielfaert -- Art images of landscapes and wildlife from East TN and the Smoky Mountains. Travel photography.

Mudslingers Pottery - Cherie Dozier -- Wheel thrown and hand built functional pottery mugs, bowls, platters.

Rural Roads Candle Destinations and Appalachian Clay Memories - Stephanie Williams & Lee McKinney -- Candles and clay houses.

Garden to Gourmet Goodness - Brenda Anderson & Janet Earl -- Handmade small batch jams using old-fashioned recipes with a modern twist. Blackberry chambord, habanero apricot and old-fashioned strawberry.

The Pearl Pagoda - Hui Malkowski -- Family farm raised natural fresh water pearls - jewelry.

East Tennessee Soap Works - Phil & Sunny Tune -- Artisan bath and body products, made in small batches, cold process soaps, solid shampoo bars and bath bombs.

Little House Ind. - Joseph Dinwiddie -- KY stick chairs, carpenter bee traps, tobacco stick crafts, wood bird feeders and houses, wine bottle holder.

Gigi’s Bags - Ginny Dockery -- Handmade, knitted, crocheted and felted handbags, shawls, hats, girl’s dresses, wool landscapes and flowers.

Bearly Baskets - Linda Smith -- Personally made baskets.

Lyn & Paul Tomczak -- Decorative art painting on various surfaces, wood canvas and gourds, acrylic medium.

Don & Lynn’s Creations - Don & Lynn Strong -- Handmade wind chimes, silver plate flatware jewelry, flags made from tobacco sticks and barn wood coat hangers.

Marcia M. Shelly -- Paintings & prints, images reproduced on place mats, napkins, coasters, gift cards, goblets.

Natural Affinity Soap - Denisea Mann -- Handcrafted herbal & essential oil products, omega pain balm/spray, natural bug repellent, poison ivy products, dog soap & spray, essential oils, 9 thieves’ products.

Raven’s Moon Jewelry - Peggy & Sharyn Taylor -- Wire wrapped and strung natural stones.

Perry’s Woodcraft - Herbert Perry -- Wood pens, wood toy truck, wood designs, wood tic-tac-toe board.

Dandy Candy - Yvonne Hawxhurst -- Homemade caramels.

Rick Kratz Photography - Rick Kratz -- Wildlife & scenic photography.

Metal & Stones - Meredith & RJ Clark -- Handcrafted copper & natural stone jewelry.

Village Artworks - Cori Coley -- Handcrafted sterling jewelry.

Sunnyside Crafts - Laura Luallen -- Retro/vintage/fun kitchen textiles, bottle cap magnets, handsewn/embroidered pillows/cosmetic bags, handmade pin cushions.

Sannie Mae’s Heirloom Foods - Sandra Hood -- Canned goods from old family recipes.

G2 Woodworks - Gary Kufel -- Handmade porch swings, benches & outdoor furniture.

Bella Bear Embroidery - Sherry Craig -- Dog items such as collars, leashes and bandanas.

Dianna Stephens -- Goat milk & lye soap, lotions, sugar scrubs, bath salt soaks, dog shampoo bars and men’s line.

AllyMart Woodshop - Kelly Cannon -- Wooden cutouts with texture and various paints and stains to make unique pieces.

Maxine Falls -- Paintings, windows, saws, slates.

JTF Jewelry - Judy and Ed Fritts -- Handmade jewelry.

Sugar Britches Sugar Scrubs n More - Tabitha Schultz -- Handmade soaps, lotions, bath bombs, shower steamers, headache sticks, healing salves, shampoos, conditioners, beard oils, balms, essential oils.

Fred Draper -- Landscapes and still life photography.

Compass Rose Creations - Lynne Pearson -- Bags, wallets, phone wallets, bowl cozi doo rags, stuffed bears, canned goods (jams, jellies & butters) and suncatchers.

Bear Wood Shop - Robert Yates & Jeana Maddux -- Wood crafts, American flags, farmhouse signs, toys, novelty signs, door hangers.

Common Sense Candles - Angela Casavant -- Bees wax candle lanterns decorated with pressed flowers.

Dragonfly Essentials - Traci White -- Handmade bath, body and candles. Includes soap, lotion, sugar scrubs, bath bombs, poo spray, milk bath, pure soy wax wooden wick candles.

MoJo Bee Co. - Jeff Radar -- Local honey.

Sonya Sharpe -- Plaster cast tiles of flowers & garden totems.

2 Girls & A Cricket - Trissie Foister -- Shirts, bags, hats & decals.

Knotty Gecko Handcrafts - Denise Burchfield -- Modern twist to a traditional knot. Hand tied bracelet, mug handles, key chains & more paracord.

Jenny Watherford -- Handpainted baskets, signs, furniture.

Mother Nature’s Helpers - Edwin Fair -- Custom made walking sticks from the woods of Northeast Louisiana.

Scraplady Creations - Peggy Andrews -- Embroidered towels, flags, sewn and quilted purse accessories, personalized vinyl items.

Winfred Whitehead -- Scroll saw dog puzzles, states, religions sayings and kids puzzles.

Leona Jones -- Quilts, table runners and more.

Mama Lucy’s Mountain Ways - Crystal Wilson -- Herbs, herb teas, salves, tinctures.

Lonnie McMillan -- Muzzle loading guns, turkey callers & knives.

Black Bear’s Den Soap - Michele A. Teller -- Soap made with honey.

Bill’s Log Cabin Lamps - Bill & Mary Fannin -- Log cabin lamps.

D&T Creations - Teresa Gentry -- Goat milk lotions and soaps. Bath and body aromatherapy, wax melts. Wooden crafts: cutting boards, candy dispensers, carpenter bee traps.

Bob & Sally Spista -- Handwoven baskets, walker caddies, wreaths, ponchos, and few wood crafts.

Hitchn’ Post - B. D. Hitch -- Muscadine juice and jelly.

Clay Thurston Photography - Clay Thurston -- Wildlife and nature photographs printed, matted and framed using archival inks, papers and framing materials.

Nat Labazzetta -- Bird houses and can planes.

Walther Handmade - Jillian Walther -- Weaving of home décor and apparel accessories using unique yarns, colors, and patterns to create art that is functional and beautiful.

Cotton Blossom Décor - Abby Shedden -- Handmade wreaths, farmhouse inspired home décor such as tobacco baskets, antique windows & décor items made from repurposed tobacco sticks.


Apple Butter Making - David Mitchell
Blacksmith - David Thompson
Cornmeal Making - Ronald & Angel Fowler
Farm Equipment - Phil Cox


Rug Hooking - Carol McBride
Oil Painting Demonstrations - Aurora Bull
Wood Carving - Lendell Abbott
Pottery Animals, People & Beads - Carol Ware
Author - Roy Oliver will sign his book, “The Last Man From Tremont,” both days


Antique Tractor Club
Appalachian Bear Rescue
Bible Aires Baptist Church - Apple Butter demo
Blount County Genealogical & Historical Society
Cades Cove Preservation Association - Meet descendants of Cades Cove
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.
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont
Picking throughout the Grounds - Dedicated tents for Jammers

Seasonal Info


Friday September 27
12:00 Wayne Wright Review
12:30 Spur of The Moment
1:00 Oakland Road
1:30 The Tuba Thomas Family
2:00 Lunch Break
3:00 Wayne Wright Review
3:30 Carolina Bluegrass
4:00 Spur of The Moment
4:30 Blackberry Jam
5:00 Appalachian Grass
5:30 Mike Clemmer
5:45 Blue Shadows
6:15 Blackberry Jam
6:45 Carolina Bluegrass
7:15 Rail Riders
7:45 Steve Jordan Band
8:15 Wilson Family
8:45 Double Cross Band
9:15 Close Out Band

Saturday September 28
11:30 Muleskinner
12:00 Bluestreaks
12:30 Steve Jordan Band
1:00 Blackberry Jam
1:30 Carolina Bluegrass
2:00 Lunch Break
3:00 Grandview Pickers
3:30 Blackberry Jam
4:00 Appalachian Grass
4:30 Blue Ridge Grass
5:00 Wilson Family
5:30 Mike Clemmer
5:45 Blue Shadows
6:15 Steve Jordan Band
6:45 Grandview Pickers
7:15 Square Dance with Don Tipton
7:45 Double Cross Band
8:15 Oakland Road
8:45 Rail Riders
9:15 Close Out Band


Bruster’s Real Ice Cream -- Freshly made hand scooped ice cream with variety of flavors in cups and waffle cones.

Knights of Columbus -- Single tray/family size, smoked pork ribs, pulled smoked pork and smoked chicken quarters plus drink and chips, beans and slaw.

Toby’s Kettle Korn -- Kettle korn, pork rinds, lemonade, Coke and water.

Stanley’s Produce & Bakery -- Fried pies, breads, cookies, water, coffee, drinks, pumpkin rolls, stawberry shortcake.

B&B BarBQ -- Hawg trough, chicken boat, BBQ sandwiches (chicken or pork), veggie burger, baked beans, green beans, mac n’ cheese, coleslaw, hot slaw, potato salad, chips or cookie, drinks.

Waffley Good -- Chicken and waffles and other sweet & savory wafflewiches, coffee, tea, soft drinks.

B&W Food -- Funnel cakes, ribbon fries, corn dogs, hamburgers, Oreo’s & Honey Buns.

The Wacky Tomato -- Philly steak and cheese, Italian sausage, polish sausage, gyros, macho nacho bowl, loaded fries, colossal blooming onions, fresh cut butterfly potatoes, colossal hand dipped corn dogs, funnel cakes, lemonade, sweet tea and fruit smoothies.

Smoky Mountain Snow/Rocky Top Korn -- 30+ flavors of snow cones, and fresh popped kettle korn.


Blue Ribbon Concert
Sept. 27, 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 Steve Kaufman at the Heritage Center on Friday, Sept. 27 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. 28, 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 13th 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 &

Old Timers Day, Cades Cove
Sept. 28, All Day

Join the Cades Cove Preservation Association for Old Timers Day in Cades Cove for a day-long event of music and discussion of Cades Cove history with former residents who lived here before and after it became part of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The event will be held at the Cable Mill and Becky Cable House in Cades Cove (located on the 11-mile Cades Cove Loop Road). The CCPA will have historic exhibits and photographs of homesteads that populated the valley and the people who lived there.

Lumber Co. Museum
Sept. 27-28, 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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