On any given weekend in any given town across the country, you are sure to find a local festival in the heart of town. It’s a time to celebrate hometown fare and a time to welcome artists from other parts of the world. And this May 17-18, Greene County will be hosting its 20th annual Iris Festival, aptly named for the native Iris that line Richland Creek. Here are things you need to know to maximize your festival fun!
- Bring your appetite. Have no fear—they have your festival staples: funnel cakes, smoked turkey legs and frozen lemonade until your heart—and stomach!—is content. But with muscadine juice, fried green tomatoes and Bayou Billy’s Homemade Soda Pop Wagon, you can branch out and try some local flavors.
- Sit back and enjoy the show. Both Saturday and Sunday are packed with local acts—from the Country Girls Line Dance Team and the East Tennessee Twirling Academy to the Trailblazer Cloggers, take in the fanciest footwork of the foothills. The entertainment stage features blues, gospel and bluegrass performers sure to get every toe tapping.
- Fun for the whole family! With over 160 crafters and merchants, there is something for everyone to enjoy. For the kids, stop by the Gray Fossil Site’s dig pit and let them search for ancient treasures. And it won’t be hard to the face-painters—just follow the trail of little tigers, butterflies and pirates!
- There’s art in these crafts. Noted woodcarvers from around the southeast flock here for the Annual Woodcarving Show, and their prize-worthy creations are on display and available for purchase. With unique metal yard art, you are sure to find a one-of-a-kind souvenir from the Iris Festival.
- Pack a bag. There’s no need to cram everything in to one day and rush out of town—many local hotels are offering discounts on rates for the weekend of the Festival.