By ALLEN RAU
Downtown Jonesborough was scorching this past weekend, and that wasn’t limited to just the temperatures. While processions of vendors lined Main Street, crowds flocked to the parade and the fireworks display.
“With the fireworks and the parade and everything, we had really good turnout. And the Johnny Cash show definitely had a very large attendance,” Main Street Jonesborough Director Melinda Copp said, while adding that the attendance for the weekend was close to 20,000 people.
“(The heat) kept a little bit of the people away.”
Copp believed the highlights of the weekend included the Johnny Cash NOW concert as well as the Johnny Cash look-a-like contest, the big tribute bands each night and the “I Made It Market”.
According to Copp, the “I Made It Market”, in its first year at Jonesborough Days “was a hit, it was a lot of fun. We want to try to grow that each year, for sure.”
The young entrepreneurs set up shop in the courtyard of the International Storytelling Center, offering a number of homemade items for sale.
One group of mini-merchants, 13-year-old Gage Bass of Kingsport, his 8-year-old brother Cale and their 10-year-old friend Braelynn Ferrell had an eclectic group of items.
“Soap from goat’s milk and bath bombs, made out of essential oils,” Gage Bass said. “We also have paintings right here.”
Asked about the paintings, he said, “I just thought it’d be cool to make abstract art, to make it colorful.”
Although the heat was oppressive, the youngsters came out of the event with some financial lessons and a few more dollars.
And for anyone who missed the Johnny Cash NOW concert to avoid the steamy weather, the commemorative t-shirts honoring Cash’s 1973 performance in Jonesborough are still available at the Visitor’s Center.
Altogether, this year’s Jonesborough Days proved memorable, and Copp hopes whoever experienced the festivities will not forget them. “We were very pleased with everything. We hope everyone enjoyed it and it was a lot of fun.”