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Spring Planting Festival

April 29, 2023

Annual Spring Planting Festival- Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area

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

In addition, there will be children’s activities, interpretative talks, fun runs, bird-watching, 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 mountain music tunes are performed throughout the area by various groups such as Knoxville Area Dulcimer Club.

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



Where is the event taking place?

Event activities will occur in the Bandy Creek Visitor Center area and Lora Blevins’s home site.
What about parking and getting around?
Parking is at Appaloosa Field, centrally located between Bandy Creek Visitor Center and Lora Blevins Farm site. A designated bus parking area is available for large groups.
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!


April 29, 2023


Big South Fork NRRA
(423) 569-9778
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