Mountain music fills the air during Gatlinburg
The sounds of mountain music are filling the air in Gatlinburg as the city has officially kicked off its fourth annual Gatlinburg Flower Fest, which continues through June 20.
The event, part of Gatlinburg’s Springfest, features live musicians performing from various venues throughout the city: the Arrowmont Plaza, in front of the Convention Center on the Parkway, the Elks Plaza, and the Trolley loading area at the Aquarium Plaza. In addition, local vendors will sell food and refreshments from portable tents.
Then, of course, there are the beautiful plants and flowers spread throughout the city.
Musical acts scheduled to appear at this year’s celebration include Blue Soul, Boone Brothers & Company, Dulcimer Daze, The Dowden Sisters, Echos N Morning Woods, Hey You Bluegrass Band, Horseplay, Mountain Edge, The Spurgeon Mountain Boys, White Oak Flats, and Wild Mountain Honey.
Other events closely tied with Flower Fest – the Flower and Garden Show, Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage, and Rib Fest – have already taken place.
The city’s goal for Flower Fest is “to be able to show the visitors a beautiful spring flower-drenched county in full bloom from the interstate to the National Park.” This year, Springfest has encouraged a county-wide decorating contest to include all three cities of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville.
According to officials with the Gatlinburg Office of Special Events, Flower Fest has drawn an increased attendance each year and they expect another banner event for the 2004 celebration.
For more information on Flower Fest, contact the Gatlinburg Department of Special Events at 436-0500.