2017 Spring Planting & Music Festival

 
In celebration of these skills and traditions of spring, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area is hosting the 17th annual Spring Planting and Music Festival April 29, 2017.
 
mule teams work
Mule teams working

WHAT TO EXPECT
During the festival, crafter's demonstrate forgotten arts, such as blacksmithing, pelt making, hand spinning, weaving, woodcarving, chair caning, marble making, garden herb lore and use, and candle wicking.

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

There are displays of antique farm tools, farm animals and old-timey 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.

 

LIVE MUSIC
A diverse range of live music acts scheduled* to perform includes bluegrass, traditional Appalachian, singer-songwriter, Americana, and a flute circle. Scheduled music performances will occur from 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. (ET).

LIVE MUSIC LINE-UP
MUSIC TIME PERFORMER LOCATION
9:30-10:15 Spruce Creek Ramblers Bandy Creek
10:15-10:30 Interlude
10:30-11:15 Spirit Winds Bandy Creek
11:15-11:30 Interlude
11:30-12:15 Standing Stone Bluegrass Bandy Creek
12:15-12:30 Interlude
12:30-1:15 Spirit Winds Bandy Creek
1:15-1:30 Interlude
1:30-2:15 Rusty Rooster Band Bandy Creek
2:15-2:30 Interlude
2:30-3:15 Slaven Sisters Bandy Creek
3:15-3:30 Interlude Bandy Creek
3:30-4:15 TJ Fincher Bandy Creek
10:00-3:00 Gerald Hanwright Oscar Blevins
All Day Knoxville Area Dulcimer Club Lora Blevins
All Day Smoky Mountain Flute Circle Lora Blevins

*Musician and time are subject to change.

 
RANGER-LED PROGRAMS & INTERPRETIVE DEMONSTRATIONS
 
OSCAR BLEVINS FARM AREA
All Day Trapping & Pelts, by the Mullen Family
All Day Quilting & Embroidery, by Meredith Mullen
All Day Knot Dolls, by Deannia Murphy
All Day Modern Blacksmithing, by Roy & Greg Davis
All Day Candlewick embroidery, by Rita Perry
All Day Farmstead Skills & Woodworking, by Sam Perry
All Day Split Rail Fencing, by Gary Sexton

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

 
LORA BLEVINS FARM AREA
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
All Day Smoky Mountain Flute Circle
All Day Mountain Dulcimer Music, by the Knoxville Area Dulcimer Club

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

 
BANDY CREEK VISITOR CENTER AREA
TIME PROGRAM LOCATION
8-9:00 a.m. Bird Walk, with Dr. Chuck Nicholson Bandy Creek Pool
9:00 a.m. Flag Raising Ceremony, by the Boy Scouts Visitor Center Area
11-12:00 p.m. Wildflower Hike along the Leatherwood Ford Trail Leatherwood Ford
11:00-11:30 p.m. Owls & Hawks Interpretive Program -- One Amphitheater
1:00-1:30 p.m. Owls & Hawks Interpretive Program -- Two Amphitheater
All Day Junior Ranger Scavenger Hunt Activity Visitor Center
All Day Fourth Grade Art Contest Visitor Center
All Day Blacksmithing, by Mack Davenport Visitor CenterArea
All Day Chair Caning, by the Matthias Family Visitor Center Area
All Day Old Timey Toys Toy Tent
All Day Marble Making, by Paul Davis Toy Tent
All Day Marble Games with Ranger Shawn, from Standing Stone State Park Toy Tent

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

 
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
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.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

4564 Leatherwood Road
Oneida, TN 37841

Phone:

(423) 569-9778

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