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Whether you are digging in your own garden, hiking the Appalachian Trail, or rafting the Nolichucky River, this nature inspired festival has something for you.

OverMountain Trout Unlimited and Project Healing Waters will be sponsoring several interactive demos and special events throughout the day, as well as a special showing of the International Fly Fishing Film Festival at 3:30 at the Capitol Cinemas. Learn tips and tricks from their regional fly fishing experts.

Handmade lawn furniture, birdhouses, pottery, yard art and hundreds of varieties of annuals and perennials will also be available to enhance your back yard.  Bring your wagon to transport your purchases!

The Town of Erwin is proud to present The 2nd Annual Great Outdoors Festival on May 6 from 9 a.m.- 8 p.m. throughout downtown with free admission for the public. Please call Jamie Rice at 423-743-6231 for more details.

Among the vendors will be the popular Scott’s Farm Market.

Have you Herd? Elephants are coming to Erwin. Eight uniquely painted elephant statues will be unveiled on May 6 during the Great Outdoors Festival. This public art display is a continuation of the Erwin Elephant Revival held last year.
For 100 years, the shadow of Mary the elephant has literally hung over Erwin’s reputation. Locals have joined together to change that image into something positive by creating various fundraisers to support the Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald Tennessee. So far, $7,000 has been raised. This sanctuary is home to 12 retired captive elephants. What better way to honor Mary than to take care of new generations of elephants?
These statues were purchased by the Town of Erwin from the Denmark based company called “The Elephant Parade.” This company normally only sends their statues to be displayed in huge cities, such as Paris, London, and Honk Kong. However, when they heard the story of Murderous Mary, “The Elephant Parade,” went above and beyond to partner with the this small Appalachian town in Tennessee.

Eight uniquely painted elephant statues will be unveiled on May 6 during the Great Outdoors Festival.

The statues were painted by volunteers all across the region, the youngest being a 14 year old from Bristol. Her statue’s picture is below. Each statue has been sponsored by local citizens and businesses and will be displayed through the summer in downtown on Main Street. On October 21, 2017 at 6:00 a public auction will be held. Proceeds of this auction will go to the Elephant Sanctuary. If you are unable to attend the auction, but would like to bid on an elephant, we can assign a live onsite bidder for you. All you have to do is pick your favorite elephant, establish a maximum bid, and call the Erwin Town Hall at 423.743.6231 or contact communications@erwintn.org.