The East TN History Fair is this Saturday, August 15: free events, music, food, & more!

August 13, 2015


This Saturday is the East TN History Fair downtown! My family LOVES going to this event every year. There are so many fun things to do that you’ll want to plan to stay all day!

For more information and a detailed listing of event times, please visit the History Fair website. Activities include:
  • “History Hound” Dog Costume Contest: 9:30 – Registration, 10:15 – Judging. Fabulous prizes provide by PetSafe!
  • Barehanded Base Ball Game with the Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball at the World’s Fair Park
    Knoxville Holstons vs. Oak Hill Travellers
    Emmett Machinists vs. Mountain City
  • Live Music from the WDVX and Clayton Country Music Stage with Emcees Freddy Smith and Russ Jeffers
    Dewey Beard – Songs from the Civil War
    Good Thymes Ceilidh Band
    David West and the Cider Mountain Boys
    Subtle Clutch
    Swill Sippers
    Russ & Becky Jeffers
  •  Free admission to the Museum of East Tennessee History including Voices of the Land: The People of East Tennessee and Memories of the Blue and Gray
  • The Battle of Kings Mountain miniature soldiers and weapons interactive display by the Historic Gaming Club of Knoxville
  • From Papers to Pixels — Knoxville News Sentinel digitization project
  • Friends of the Knox County Public Library Book Sale featuring books on American history and regional culture, vintage children’s books and comics from the 1980s
  • Display of Horace Kephart’s books and ‘V’ shaped bark basket
  • Knoxville, Then and Now show by members of the Art Market Gallery, as well as a special memorial show by artist, Vivian Shoemaker, of stained glass works of East Tennessee landscapes
  • Market Square Farmer’s Market from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
  • Meet the Authors Book Signings with Allen Coggins, Jack Neely, Ron Rader, Bill Landry, Michael Williams, Alan Lang, Linda Gass, Daniel Paulin, Cheryl Baker, and Eva Wike
  • “Southern Exposure Film Festival” presented by the Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound at the Tennessee Theatre
    Familiar favorite tunes performed by Dr. Bill Snyder on the mighty Wurlitzer organ
    The Motion Picture Films of Jim Thompson, 1915-1950
    Picturing the Smokies: Vintage Views of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, 1920s-1960s
    From the Vaults: The Heartland Series/ The Rolling Store
    Sounds and Silents: Found Footage & Mountain Melodies
    Stark Love (Paramount, 1927) with accompanying documentary Lost Masterpiece
    (Ticket required for this show only. Click here to purchase tickets)
Special Children’s Events:
  • Children’s Crafts and Activities
  • WDVX’s “KidStuff” Music Show with Sean McCullough at 1:00 p.m.
  • Davy Crockett’s Birthday Party – “Friend of Davy” Storytelling at 2:15 p.m., birthday cake & lemonade from Food City at 3:00 p.m.


  • Historic Homes Bus Tours: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (depart from Krutch Park, Gay Street) Visit Blount Mansion, James White’s Fort, Mabry-Hazen House, Bethel Cemetery & Museum, and Underground Gay Street
  • Tours of Underground Gay Street: 100 Block of Gay Street – Emporiumfrom 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Civil War Bus Tours: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on the hour, reservation required, register in Krutch Park
  • “Knoxville’s Literary Heroes” Walking Tour with Knoxville Walking Tours at 11 a.m & 1:30 p.m. (departs from the front steps of the History Center)
  • “Knoxville, Summer of 1915” Walking Tour with Jack Neely at 3 p.m. (departs from the front steps of the History Center)

All Day Events:  

  • Free admission to the Museum of East Tennessee History
  • Living History Timeline–from the Cherokee to the Vietnam War
  • Historic Craft Demonstrations: Salt Making, Chair Caning, Basket Making, Woodworking, Spinning, Dying with Natural Fibers, Lye Soap, Primitive Craft Items, and More
  • 45+ History, Genealogy, and Preservation Groups from across the region
  • Make your own raku pot with Peter Rose
  • Food by the Museum of Appalachia, Holy Smokin’ BBQ, Breezy Weenie Food Truck, Dale’s Fried Pies, and Cruze Farm Ice Cream
And so much more!!


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