Heritage Festival, Old Timers Day brings fun for family

The Townsend Fall Heritage Festival and Old Timers Day, will be held from 9 a.m. - 10 p.m. Friday - Saturday, Sept. 26-27, at the Townsend Visitors Center. This award- winning festival celebrates Southern Appalachian mountain culture and heritage.

Music is the heart and soul of the festival, and more than 20 bluegrass bands from around the region play mountain music on the pavilion stage and side porches of the Townsend Visitors Center. Around 200 additional musicians attend each festival, entertaining guests on the lawn, the porch-anywhere there is room to pick and strum. Storytellers entertain with mountain lore and legend, local writers are on-hand to discuss their work and craftsmen showcase their talents. Antique tractors and engines are on display, and visitors can enjoy southern food. More than 20,000 people are expected to attend the free festival.

The Heritage Festival is sponsored by the Blount County Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Smoky Mountain Convention and Visitors Bureau. The festival would not be possible without support, volunteer time and sponsorships from the community. Additionally, there are typically around 10 non-profit organizations that participate and use the festival as a fundraiser.

For more information, contact the Smoky Mountain Convention and Visitors Bureau at 800-525-6834, or 865-448-6134, or visit the bureau online at www.smokymountains.org.

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