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Festivals, Festivals, Festivals

Updated on September 12, 2014

See what's happening in east Tennessee.

Ahhh, the fall season is finally here.We can all start to unwind a little after a long hot summer and many of us will start cleaning up the lawn furniture and start storing it until next spring.Clean the grill and put it away until next seasons cookouts start, and if the nights are beginning to cool down in some areas of the country some have even started moving the potted plants inside for the winter months and buying potted mums to replace in the barren places that are left.

Tennessee loves company...
Tennessee loves company...
'Come on down...'
'Come on down...'

Pass the biscuits and apple butter, please...

With the end of summer and into the early fall months we begin to hear of state and county fairs and or harvest festivals where many get a chance to show off projects and/or crafts they have worked all summer on.Many youngsters proudly groom their spring calves or lambs that have grown displaying their abilities as future farmers and homemakers.Crops are being harvested and the ladies are busy with their canned goods and dried floral arrangements not to mention the handmade quilts, embroidered pillow cases and dainty doilies carefully crocheted and in my area, plenty of homemade apple butter, yummy.

taste those fresh apples...
taste those fresh apples...

Growing for 34 straight years...

One such annual event in east Tennessee is the Unicoi County Apple Festival in Erwin Tennessee where they are expecting over 110,000 visitors this weekend.This 8 AM – 8 PM Friday & Saturday event is huge.Interstate 26 passes right through this lovely area just west of the Appalachian Mountains on the Tennessee side, where the local apple orchards facing the warm afternoon sun producing some of the tastiest varieties to include Wine sap, Gala, Golden Delicious as well as many others.Just try them all out right in downtown Erwin to find what you like best and then take some home with you.

The heart of the festivals...
The heart of the festivals...

Everyone loves a good story...

Also this weekend and close by in east Tennessee’s oldest town is the 39th Annual Storytelling Festival.This whole town comes alive to some of the best storytellers on the national and international scene.It’s best to park along the highway or one of the parking areas set to handle a large number of vehicles and just walk to many of the tents or inside the National Storytelling Center in downtown Jonesborough across from the old courthouse.If parking cannot be attained near the downtown area, shuttle service is available for travel from the Elementary and Middle schools large parking area to right downtown.

people listen intently to a good story teller...
people listen intently to a good story teller...
feel their excitement...
feel their excitement...

The weather is great and we are friendly...

Right between these two festivals and located on the Nolichucky River that meanders down the west side of the mountains into the beautiful fertile valleys of east Tennessee you will see Cherokee Adventures.Why not stop and try your hand at White Water Rafting as you are traveling through the mountains between the two festivals.The weather is supposed to be nice, high 70’s to low 80’s.Lots of things to see, lots of things to do, why not take that last pretty weekend before cold weather and take in both festivals as well as a fun rafting trip.You can see by the map that we are located within an easy day’s drive no matter where you’ll be coming from.So grab the kids, tell the wife you’ve got a big surprise for the whole family and head out to Tennessee, you still have time to make it.

© 2011 SamSonS

Fun for all...
Fun for all...


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  • KDee411 profile image


    6 years ago from Bay Area, California

    Got it, got it on my bucket list , long way from California, but I have a big bucket. Hope to see ya at my hub. Awesome & interesting.


  • RTalloni profile image


    6 years ago from the short journey

    Thanks for highlighting these festivals. Although the New Year's celebration is here, and other holiday seasons throughout the year are really nice, the fall season is extra special.

  • formosangirl profile image


    6 years ago from Los Angeles

    Great hub! I love food festivals.

  • Brett.Tesol profile image

    Brett Caulton 

    6 years ago from Asia

    Hi Samsons1,

    Good to see you online again. Hope things have been good for you. Nice little hub, wish I could pop by, but might be a bit of a trek from SK! lol ... miss the western festivals though, they make for a good day out.

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Tennessee

    *thanks Dave for dropping by and yes, that apple pie was delicious...

    *welcome back my friend Quill, thanks for all the nice words of encouragement...

    *thank you my friend lifegate for your kind remarks...

    *and thank you ethel for stopping by and making comment...

  • ethel smith profile image

    Ethel Smith 

    7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

    Seems like there is plenty to do there even when the weather gets gloomy. Lucky you. Sounds good

  • lifegate profile image

    William Kovacic 

    7 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA


    There sure is a lot happening in the South. I love this time of year and look forward to its arrival every year.

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    "Quill Again" 

    7 years ago

    Morning Brother... what a great hub and the guided tour through all te history and events happening. Love what you have put together here...

    Blessings as always

  • Dave Mathews profile image

    Dave Mathews 

    7 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

    Just seeing that apple pie has my mouth watering. Yum Yum! Thank you dear Brother.

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Tennessee

    *thanks so much for being the first to respond and welcome to my circle of friends here on hubpages. Glad to see a fellow Tennessee...

    *and thank you Cousin Fudd and also welcome to you my friend. I like that tractor you use for your avatar, is it a Farm-all?

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    Cousin Fudd 

    7 years ago

    Sounds like a ton of fun.

  • Esmeowl12 profile image

    Cindy A Johnson 

    7 years ago from Sevierville, TN

    Great ideas. There's so much to do here in East TN, it's hard to choose. Thanks for sharing.


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