Historic downtown Rogersville has hosted one of the largest and best-attended festivals in upper East Tennessee for the past 34 years. On the second full week end 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 entertainment 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 traditional Appalachian music, Irish and Celtic and a mixture of gospel groups, reflecting the Scotch-Irish heritage of East Tennessee. Friday evening highlights include a children's heritage costume parade and contest, vintage car show and cruise-in, the annual cruise-in chili cook off and music at the main stage and the food court.
On Saturday and Sunday 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 within the historic district, over 14 groups of dancers of various ages and styles perform all day Saturday and Sunday. Traditional clogging and square-dancing are spotlighted. The demonstration yard 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 complete with the cavalry regiment.
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, and an antique farm equipment and tractor exhibit and parade. The children’s play yard that features old fashioned children’s games and the Heritage train is always a big hit with younger visitors. In addition to the many activities over 125 artisan craft booths are featured for guest to view and shop and the food court offers a variety of festival food. The historic Hale Springs Inn, circa 1824, located in the heart of the festival district is open for the public to view an exhibit of living history.
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