Spring planting 2016

In celebration of these skills and traditions of spring, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area is hosting the 16th annual Spring Planting and Music Festival April 30, 2016.
mule teams work
Mule teams working

During the festival, crafter's demonstrate forgotten arts, such as blacksmithing, basket making, hand spinning, weaving, woodcarving, chair caning, soap making, garden herb lore and use, and paling fence making.

In addition, there will be children’s activities, interpretative talks, fun runs, bird watching and wildflower guided walks, vendors demonstrating and selling their wares, and food sales.

There are displays of women's life, antique farm tools, farm animals and old-time toys which will delight young and old alike.

Toe-tapping tunes of mountain music are performed throughout the area by various groups such as the Knoxville Area Dulcimer Club (please see below for the set list).

Of special interest is the plowing and planting with mules and horses which takes place at the Lora Blevins field. Other demonstrations will take place at the Oscar Blevins Farm Site as well.


A diverse range of live music acts scheduled* to perform includes bluegrass, traditional Appalachian, singer-songwriter, Americana, clogging, and a flute circle. Scheduled music performances will occur from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (ET).

ALL DAY Smoky Mountain Flute Circle Lora Blevins Farmstead
ALL DAY Knoxville Area Dulcimer Club Lora Blevins Farmstead
9:30 a.m. Alora Beth Lowe Bandy Creek Big Tent
10:00 a.m. Danny Fleming Oscar Blevins Farm Site
10:10 a.m. Cowboy Bob Johnson Bandy Creek Big Tent
10:50 a.m. The Hughetts Bandy Creek Big Tent
11:00 a.m. The Sweet T's Clogging Bandy Creek Amphitheater
11:30 a.m. The Coleman Brothers Bandy Creek Big Tent
12:10 p.m. The Scott Family Bandy Creek Big Tent
1:00 p.m. Gerald Hanwright Oscar Blevins Farm Site
1:30 p.m. Sweet T's Clogging Bandy Creek Amphitheater
1:30 p.m. Emory River Thunder Bandy Creek Big Tent
2:10 p.m. Ghosts of Gatewood Bandy Creek Big Tent
2:50 p.m. The Mockingbirds Bandy Creek Big Tent
3:30 p.m. Spruce Creek Ramblers Bandy Creek Big Tent

*Musician and time are subject to change.

ALL DAY Basket Weaving, by Bobby Edwards
10:00 am -- 3:00 pm Chair Caning, by Matthias Family
All Day Knot Dolls, by Deannia Murphy
All Day Quilting Demonstration, by Girl Scouts of America
All Day Candle Wicking, by Rita Perry
All Day Wood-working, by Sam Perry

Interpretive programs, demonstrations, and other related events are subject to change or be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

9:00 -- Mid Afternoon Plowing of the Fields
All Day Farm Garden
All Day Chickens & Other Farm Animals
All Day Farm Implements Display
All Day Hand Spinning with Goat Hair and other Farm Animals

Interpretive programs, demonstrations, and other related events are subject to change or be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

8-9:00 a.m. Bird Walk, with Dr. Chuck Nicholson Visitor Center Area
9:00 a.m. Flag Raising Ceremony, by the Boy Scouts Visitor Center Area
10-11:00 a.m. Wildflower Hike along the Leatherwood Ford Trail Leatherwood Ford
10-1:00 p.m. Build Your Own Wooden Car Toy Tent
11:30-12:00 p.m. Who Hoots Owl Program Interpretive Program -- One Amphitheater
2-2:30 p.m. Who Hoots Owl Program Interpretive Program -- Two Amphitheater
All Day Junior Ranger Scavenger Hunt Activity Visitor Center
All Day 4th Grade Art Contest Visitor Center
All Day Conservation & Education, by Tennessee Division of Forestry Visitor Center Area
All Day Snakes -- presented by Pickett State Park Visitor Center Area
All Day Old Timey Toys Toy Tent

Interpretive programs, demonstrations, and other related events are subject to change or be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

frequently asked questions

Mule team faces
Mule team ready to work
Where is the event taking place?
Event activities will occur in the Bandy Creek Visitor Center area, the Lora Blevins home site, and the Oscar Blevins farm.

What about parking and getting around?
A designated bus parking area is available for large groups. There will be shuttles running between the three sites every 15 minutes to allow the visitor to experience all the activities.

How much does it cost to attend?
This event is free to attend.

What may I bring for increased comfort?
Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and bug spray and enjoy a great day of good food and music!

Where can I get more information?
For more information, call the Bandy Creek Visitor Center at (423) 286-7275.

Please click here for a downloadable brochure on the day's events.

Last updated: May 1, 2016

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