Since 1979 downtown Rogersville has hosted one of the largest and best-attended festivals in upper East Tennessee. On the second full weekend in October every fall, we invite tens of thousands of visitors to our town to experience the community’s rich history and heritage. Our historic town square and the streets of downtown Rogersville provide the venues for this rain-or-shine free-admission event. Visitors experience a “living history” of fun and education through music, demonstrations and a market of hand-made crafts from a wide variety of disciplines. It’s all to serve the mission of preserving our proud heritage. Musical performances on the Town Square stage begin Friday evening and continue all day Saturday and Sunday. The area’s rich bluegrass and country roots are featured throughout the weekend on the Heritage Days music stage. In addition, we feature performers of Celtic and Irish music, Appalachian balladeers and a mixture of gospel groups, reflecting the Scotch-Irish heritage of East Tennessee. The rich African American heritage of our region takes center stage at Price Public Community Center with entertainment and a Soul Food Dinner on Friday evening. A children's heritage costume parade and contest, vintage car show and cruise-in and music at the main stage are all Friday evening highlights. On Saturday and Sunday afternoon the audience packs the Town Square with lawn chairs and blankets for a gloriously informal and fun musical experience. The acts change every hour, which provides plenty of opportunity for performers and plenty of variety for listeners. At a nearby stage over 14 groups of dancers of various ages and styles perform all day Saturday and Sunday. Traditional clogging and square-dancing are spotlighted; the National Championship Tennessee Hoedowners are a favorite at the dance stage. The Heritage Association works closely with our area’s artists-association to hire demonstrators for the show. The demonstration area of the festival has become one of the most popular features of Heritage Days. Artists and craftspeople show-off their traditional skills to all visitors and provide children an opportunity for active participation. Crockett Spring Park, just off the town square, plays host to an authentic Civil War encampment and demonstrations. Heritage Days sponsors many popular and educational activities including an art and photography show with categories for children, youth and adults, decorations planned and executed by area students and volunteers, a quilt exhibition, heritage military encampments, an antique farm equipment show and a children’s play yard that features old fashioned children’s games is always a big hit. In addition to the many activities over 100 artisan craft booths are featured for guest to bowse and shop. The historic Hale Springs Inn, circa 1824, renovated and reopened in 2009 by the Heritage Association, located in the heart of the festival district is open for the public to view a piece of living history or dine at McKinney's Restaurant and the Tavern located in the inn. Rest and relax at the Hale Springs Inn Spa while visiting the festival. Visit Heritage Days October 12-14, 2012 in Historic Rogersville, TN
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