Fall festival season is in full swing. This upcoming weekend is the 5th annual John Sevier Days Arts and Crafts Show will be held at Marble Springs State Park. The festival begins at 9 AM on September 24th and at 11 AM on September 25th. Festivities wrap up both days at 5 PM. The cost for this event is $5/car.
Families will find plenty of great activities for kids of all ages. Enjoy tours of the site, historic military demonstrations including drills and reenactments, as well as cooking and blacksmithing demonstrations. Storytellers from The Smoky Mountain Storytelling Association will share stories of Appalachia and the Smoky Mountains. Younger children will enjoy face painting, crafts, and games.
The works of craftsmen and women will be sold and displayed. Birdhouses, jewelry, quilts, and bath and body products are just a few of the things that festival goers will get to see. There will also be plenty of musical entertainment including Early Bird Special, Historical Fiddler, Chip Bailey, Jim and Shannon Butterworth, the Knoxville Area Dulcimer Club, and the Knoxville Songwriters Association.
Be sure to come hungry! Expect some great festival food including frybread, kettle corn, pork rinds, funnel cakes from Frontier Frybread and Kettle Corn.
The documentary, “The Mysterious Lost State of Franklin,” will be shown both afternoons. Registration is required, as space is limited. The cost for this is $5 and includes a discussion with one of the featured historians on the film, Dr. Michael Toomey. Please contact the Marble Springs State Historic Site at 865-573-5508 for more details and to register for this lecture.
Marble Springs State Park is located at 1220 West Governor John Sevier Highway.