PIKEVILLE – Fall Creek Falls State Park’s 36th Annual Mountaineer Folk Festival will be held September 5-7, 2014. The family-friendly event celebrates the heritage of the Cumberland Plateau with a presentation of music, food and pioneer skills.
The festival kicks off Friday, Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. with the official cannon firing, followed with music and square dancing. Saturday’s activities will include pioneer demonstrations, music, storytelling, crafts and food booths. Pioneer demonstrations will include a sorghum mill, blacksmithing, a Civil War encampment, broom making and chair bottoming.
Sunday will include gospel music, storytelling and pioneer skills demonstrations. The festival weekend will include over 100 craft booths with items such as woodworking, wrought iron, folk art, soaps, candles, leatherworks and basketweaving.
The Friends of Fall Creek Falls will collect donations at the gate to support future festivals. For more information about the annual festival, contact the Betty Dunn Nature Center at 423-881-5708.
Fall Creek Falls State Park is one of the most popular parks in Tennessee, with its beautiful waterfalls, tremendous gorges, striking bluffs and overlooks and dense forest. The park includes 238 modern campsites, a 144-room Inn and conference center, 30 cabins and an award-winning golf course. Readers of “Better Homes and Gardens” and “Southern Living” have voted Fall Creek Falls as one of the most popular family destinations. The park is located on the Cumberland Plateau between Nashville and Knoxville, about 65 miles north of Chattanooga. For campground reservations and park information, contact 1-800-250-8611. For Inn, conference center, cabin reservations or restaurant information, contact 1-800-250-8610 or 423-881-5241.