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24th Annual Iris Festival returns to Greeneville this weekend

Contributed • May 18, 2018 at 11:07 AM

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. – The Greene County Partnership’s Annual Iris Festival returns to the streets of downtown Greeneville, May 19-20, with a full slate of activities for visitors of all ages.

Hours for the 24th annual festival are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and noon to 5 p.m., Sunday. There'll be two entertainment stages, a food court, a beauty pageant, the “Sundown on Depot” Car Show, the Evergreen Woodcarvers, and artists, craftsmen, food vendors and merchants from numerous states selling their wares.

Arts and crafts booths with be positioned along College, Depot and Academy streets with a wide variety of items for purchase, including several types of jewelry, wood crafts, metal art, Christmas items, teak furniture, annual and perennial plants, goats milk products, pottery, exotic air plants, muscadine juice, hand-made clothing, iris rhizomes and other types of plants, spices, herbs, teas, hot sauces, jellies, soups and dips. There'll also be a Merchants' Market with a varied selection of products.

Food vendors will fill the air with the enticing aromas of festival treats including grilled sandwiches, kettle corn, bloomin’ onions, fried green tomatoes, funnel cakes, hot fudge cakes, gyro wraps, fried candy bars, bratwurst, fried pickles, roasted corn on the cob, bake potatoes and bar-b-que among other things.

The Depot Street Farmers’ Market will also be offering locally-grown foods to visitors at the festival and will be located in the gravel lot across from the food bank on Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.

Entertainers on the singing stage will perform a variety of music, including country, bluegrass, rock, pop and gospel, while the dance stage will feature everything from clogging to line dancing.

The Third Annual “Sundown on Depot” car show featuring cars, trucks and bikes will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday on West Depot. Organizers of the show have pledged all proceeds from the event to Holston United Methodist Home for Children. Registration for cars, trucks and bikes is $10 per vehicle and additional information is available by calling Bill Collins (423-552-8376) or Mike Boles (423-638-4558).

Additional activities include the Greeneville-Greene County Library Book Sale, which will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 406 North Irish Street, and the Evergreen Woodcarvers Competition and Sale, which will take place in the First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall from noon to 5 p.m., both days.

The Miss Iris Festival Pageant, featuring eight different age categories ranging from 0-11 months to 16 years old and older, will begin at noon, Saturday at the Capitol Theatre. Entry forms for the pageant are available at the Greene County Partnership office. Admission to the pageant is $5 per person.

A free shuttle service will be available throughout the festival. Visitors may park at the Greeneville High School main lot, at First Baptist Church off Irish Street or at Towne Square Shopping Center, where the tour bus will make rounds in 15-minute intervals during festival hours to transport visitors to and from the Greeneville Light and Power System Building.

To apply for a booth space or for more information, call the Greene County Partnership at (423) 638-4111 or email [email protected]

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