2018 Spring planting & Music Festival

 
In celebration of these skills and traditions of spring, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area is hosting the 18th annual Spring Planting and Music Festival April 28, 2018.
 
mule teams work
Mule teams working

WHAT TO EXPECT
During the festival, crafter's demonstrate forgotten arts, such as blacksmithing, hand spinning, weaving, woodcarving, garden herb lore and use, and paling fence making.

In addition, there will be children’s activities, interpretative talks, fun runs, bird watching, 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.

 

LIVE MUSIC
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).

LIVE MUSIC LINE-UP
MUSIC TIME PERFORMER LOCATION
ALL DAY Smoky Mountain Flute Circle Lora Blevins Farmstead
ALL DAY Knoxville Area Dulcimer Club Lora Blevins Farmstead
9:30 a.m. Denis Kiely Clawhammer Banjo & Guitar Bandy Creek Big Tent
10:00 a.m.-3:00 pm Gerald Hanwright Oscar Blevins Farm
10:30 a.m. Ronnie Lowe Bandy Creek Big Tent
11:30 a.m. The Jenkins Family Bandy Creek Big Tent
12:30 p.m. Higher Ground Bandy Creek Big Tent
1:30 p.m. Spirit Winds Bandy Creek Big Tent
2:30 p.m. Sammie Suggitt Bandy Creek Big Tent
3:30 p.m. Ghosts of Gatewood Bandy Creek Big Tent

*Musician and time are subject to change.

 
RANGER-LED PROGRAMS & INTERPRETIVE DEMONSTRATIONS
 
OSCAR BLEVINS FARM AREA
All Day Various Pioneer Skills Demonstrations
All Day Snakes—by Pickett State Park
All Day Mullen Family Trappers

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 Gardening & Farm Life

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 Flag Pole
All Day Spirit Winds Native American Demonstrations Visitor Center
All Day Junior Ranger Scavenger Hunt Visitor Center
All Day Old Timey Toys Visitor Center
All Day Davis’s Blacksmith – Modern Day Blacksmith Food Vendors area

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.

Last updated: April 24, 2018

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