Townsend’s Winter Heritage Festival ranks in Top 20 Events in the Southeast

The Smoky Mountain Convention and Visitors Bureau’s (SMCVB) Winter Heritage Festival in the Smokies has been recognized by the Southeast Tourism Society (STS) as one of the Top 20 Events for the month of February 2010. The Winter Heritage Festival will be held February 4-7, 2010, at various locations in Townsend.

STS is an organization dedicated to the promotion and development of tourism throughout the Southeast.

“The Winter Heritage Festival in the Smokies was established in 2007 to showcase the human history, natural beauty and cultural traditions of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, with specific emphasis on Townsend and Cades Cove,” said Herb Handly, executive vice president of tourism for the Smoky Mountain Convention and Visitors Bureau. “The festival offers an opportunity for both locals and visitors to celebrate the distinct heritage of the area. We are very honored that it was chosen as one of the Top 20 Events by the Southeast Tourism Society.”

The festival is community-wide, hosted by a consortium of businesses and organizations and held at several locations. It features exhibits, presentations by authors, historians, and local experts, demonstrations, guided hikes and tours, musical programs, artwork, and dance.

“In two short years, the festival has grown tremendously, and we believe that is due to the rich and intriguing history of the area and the dedicated community members we have that are committed to preserving our heritage and showcasing it through educational experiences,” said Handly.

The Winter Heritage Festival is held each year in February, and it showcases native Appalachian families; experts on the history and heritage of the area; local artisans, authors and musicians; historians; and other community leaders who come together in Townsend, Tenn. to share their personal insight, history, heritage and culture of Cades Cove and the Smoky Mountains. The festival is held at various locations throughout Townsend and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and visitors and locals alike participate in classes, tours, exhibits, music, hikes and demonstrations.

For more information, please visit www.winterheritagefestival.org, www.smokymountains.org or call the Smoky Mountain Convention and Visitors Bureau at 865-448-6134.

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