Historic Jonesborough, Tennessee’s Oldest Town, will celebrate the 46th annual Jonesborough Days Festival on June 30 through July 2 with family activities, regional music, parade, fireworks and storytelling.
The 2016 Jonesborough Days Festival will begin Thursday, June 30 at 5 p.m. and continue through Saturday July 2 at 10 p.m. The annual fireworks show will take place on Friday, July 1 at 10 p.m. and the parade will take place on Saturday, July 2 at 10 a.m.
Thursday’s activities include the popular Food City Low County Shrimp Boil at the International Storytelling Center from 5 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the Jonesborough Visitors Center or International Storytelling Center.
Festival hours include Thursday, June 30 from 5 to 10 p.m., Friday, July 1 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday, July 2 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Admission to the festival is free and open to the public.
The festival has been voted as one of the top events in the southeast and is known for its community patriotism and nostalgic atmosphere. Various entertainment and activities will take place throughout the historic district on all three days. Doc’s Front Porch sponsored by Ferguson Enterprises will feature a variety of storytellers and musicians on the plaza at the International Storytelling Center. The Main Stage will also feature entertainment each evening from 6 to 10 p.m. including The Beach Nite Band on Thursday, White Top Mountain Band and Blue Foxx on Friday and Jackdaw’s 7 and Amythyst Kiah on Saturday. The festival will also host nearly 70 vendors, showcasing local handmade wares and a variety of marketplace items available. And of course, there will be some great festival food vendors serving a variety of foods from BBQ to funnel cakes.
A new attraction for children and families this year will be the First Tennessee Foundation #OnlyInJonesborough Discovery Park located behind the Storytelling Center. There you will find lots of hands-on ways to experience activities only found in Jonesborough including McKinney Center art and performance classes, Oak Hill School sessions, period games from the Heritage Alliance and more. Visit Discovery Park on Friday and Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. and see what all Jonesborough has to discover.
The Tri-State Antique Power Association will have a variety of vintage tractors and equipment on display downtown. The eating contests will also return beginning with the Pepper Eating Contest on Friday at 5 p.m., the Olde Town Pancake Eating Contest on Saturday following the parade and the newest addition includes the Bull Dog Hot Dog Eating Contest on Saturday at 5 p.m.
The Jonesborough Repertory Theatre will also present its ever-popular 1940s USO Show with performances scheduled all weekend. And the Saratoga Social Connection will give folks a chance to relax, recharge their devices with free Wi-Fi and connect to Jonesborough’s social media accounts.
Parking and shuttles are available at the Jonesborough Middle School for $5 per car. For a complete event schedule or for more information on the 46th Annual Jonesborough Days Festival, call 423.753.1010 or visit Jonesborough Days on Facebook.