In conjunction with the special event, the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center hosted "Heritage Day" on Saturday, with the theme "Celebrate Days Gone By." The cabins and surrounding area at the Heritage Center were buzzing with activity such as demonstrations of open hearth cooking, churning, broom making, knitting, tanning, spinning, dyeing, crocheting, chair caning, woodcarving, basket making, beekeeping, paper flowers and scrub board laundry. Authentic Native American flute music and other sounds from the mountains were featured at the center as well.
Visitors at the Visitors Center could bid on themed baskets to raise money for Townsend Elementary School and participate in a cake walk and bake sale for Hearts and Hands Scholarship Fund to raise money that is awarded in scholarships for students pursuing higher education.
The festival took place on the grounds of the Townsend Visitors Center and at the Heritage Center.
Darrell Watkins visited the Heritage Center and took these photos for Blount Today.