|August 9, 2011 -
East Tennessee's favorite history festival is back and bigger than ever this year! Make plans to bring your friends and family and have a blast with your East Tennessee past in downtown Knoxville on Saturday, August 20 from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. The event is free and has something for everyone to enjoy.
The Fair will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with special reenactments, activities, and tours. Presented by the East Tennessee Historical Society, along with dozens of businesses, historical organizations, museums, musicians, and individuals, the East Tennessee History Festival features fun and educational activities highlighting the people, places, stories, and events that comprise the shared history of our 35-county region.
Special highlights include:
Free admission to the Museum of East Tennessee History
WDVX and Clayton Bank Music stage featuring live traditional music
Living History Timeline -- Cherokee to World War II
Dozens of historical and genealogical societies representing county, region, and state organizations
"Meet the Authors" at Mast General Store
Book sale by Friends of the Knox County Library featuring Civil War, WWII, and other American history-themed books for children and adults
"History Hound" Dog costume contest - guests are invited to bring their pets to Krutch Park dressed as their favorite historical character. Registration is at 10 a.m. and the contest begins at 10:30 a.m. Prizes for "Best Costume" and "Most East Tennessee Spirit."
Free Civil War trolley rides with open houses at Blount Mansion, Civil War Gateway Center, James White Fort, Mabry Hazen House, as well as Bethel, National, and Old Gray cemeteries.
Pinto beans and homemade cornbread
Storytelling by the "King of The Wild Frontier," Davy Crockett, along with a birthday party & cake for Davy
Vintage films at the Bijou Theatre by TAMIS from 12 - 6 p.m.
Civil War living history, graveyard and stained glass tours at First Presbyterian Church
Historic art display and East Tennessee Art Scavenger Hunt at Art Market on Gay Street
Walking tours of historic Downtown Knoxville led by Knox Heritage
Historic craft demonstrations, such as blacksmithing, leatherwork, spinning, and quilt preservation
Make your own raku pot with Peter Rose
exhibition at Knoxville Museum of Art
The East Tennessee History Fair will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and it is free and open to the public.
The East Tennessee History Fair is sponsored by Knoxville CBID, Clayton Bank and Trust, Comcast, WBIR Channel 10, and WDVX.