TOWNSEND (WATE) – Around 6,000 to 7,000 people are expected in town for the annual Townsend Spring Festival and Old Timer’s Day next weekend. Town officials describe the event as a “melting pot of bluegrass, clogging, arts, crafts, BBQ, storytelling and woodcarving.”
The two day event includes a wildflower walk on Chestnut Top Trail, book signings, gardening tips and plant sales, as well as bluegrass music on the festival stage until after sundown. Guests can even bring their own instruments to the pickin’ porch.
Arts and crafts will be made and sold throughout the day, as will barbecue pork and chicken, ice cream, deli sandwiches, hot dogs, kettle corn and other goodies.
Early-Appalachian demonstrations will be held on the Townsend Days grounds, including things like mountain berry basket making, beekeeping, cornmeal making, and oak shingle making.
There will also be a moonshine still and a lecture on the history of moonshine in the Great Smoky Mountains. Lecturer Bill Leistner will demonstrate how to drink from a moonshine jug.
The event will be held on May 1 and 2. Crafts and demonstrations will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., as will the food vending. Music will be from noon until 10 p.m.