NEWPORT—On October 5-6, 2019, the streets of downtown Newport will be filled with people, food, crafts and entertainment as an East Tennessee tradition continues!

The highly anticipated Newport Harvest Street Festival promises to provide the crowd with a weekend to remember.

The chamber is looking forward to hosting several repeat vendors this year as well as the new ones that have committed their attendance.

Come enjoy the enticing aromas of all your favorite festival foods, from fresh squeezed lemonade, corn dogs and spiral taters to funnel cakes and deep-fried desserts.

As always, there is a wonderful line up of entertainment including, Reece Thornton along with Wild Mountain Railroad band and Newport native Eddie Self, plus Hannah Peeples a singer songwriter with Newport ties just to name a few. And what would the festival be without our local dance studios performing each October.

The chamber wants to say a special thank you Newport Dance and Cheer & Max Movement.

Bring your favorite lawn chair or pick out a spot at the entertainment stage and let the performers provide some toe tappin’ tunes. On Sunday, traditional gospel and mountain music will fill the air. Bring your dancin’ shoes!

Newport AMVETS Post 75 will again graciously coordinate the opening ceremonies at the start of the festival.

“We appreciate our men and women from all military branches who sacrificed for the livelihood of others. What better way to show our appreciation to those folks than to open with a ceremony in their honor,” said Lynn Ramsey, Chamber of Commerce Director.

The ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m. on the Broadway side of the courthouse lawn. Everyone is welcome to attend and show their appreciation to our military.

As you stroll through the streets of downtown Newport, you will have the opportunity to purchase many wares. There will be everything from coveted cookbooks full of recipes from some of the best cooks around, oil paintings, children’s toys, fall décor, and many other handmade items will be on display from local vendors such as Joan Beaver or Rick LeBeau with Rick’s Art and regional crafters like Rolling Meadows Naturals and Buffalo Creek Farm.

Several new vendors will be at this year’s festival including, Clip Clop Candle Shop and clothes from a new children’s boutique Ruffles in the Mud and many more.

When you have wrapped up your shopping, let the kids stop by the KiddieLand, located off the Food Court. With the purchase of an armband they will have hours of fun hopping in the bounce house, enjoying a fast ride down one of the slides or jousting with friends, and let’s not forget they can also play some ball.

Armbands will be available for Saturday and Sunday for your children. Children and adults will be able to get a view of the festival by train; Kiwanis of Newport Train that is!

Helicopter rides for children will be available from the group also.

You’ll also have a chance to view some of the finest vintage cars around. Local car enthusiasts have been invited to show off their beauties in the Newport City Hall parking lot (weather permitting).

It’s Football Time in Tennessee! In true tradition, Newport Utilities will be sponsoring a Game Day tent right behind their booth in the US Bank parking lot.

Come on out and enjoy your favorite college football game while enjoying the beautiful fall weather and festival.

And have you always thought you’d like to live in a tiny home? Joining us this year will be an actual tiny home. Thanks to Randy Jones at Incredible Tiny Homes for bringing one for you to walk through!

You can also stop by the Newport Farmer’s Market booth at the end of the Food Court with lots of fresh vegetables and baked goods. Yum!

Make sure to stop by and see all the lovely ladies and babies that come to strut their stuff at the beauty pageants. Children up to 16 years of age will compete in pageants according to their age bracket.

The ever-popular Miss Newport Harvest Festival, for females ages 16-21 years old, will be the last pageant of the day. All pageants will be located on the Broadway side of the courthouse lawn on Saturday starting at 10:30 a.m.

And don’t forget ole-timey activities on the Main Street side (railroad tracks) of the courthouse. East Tennessee Overhill Intertribal Descendants, Pastor Jimmy Morrow, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Daughters of the American Revolution and Wade Lane will be taking you back in time.

David McClary and Sharon will be performing their traditional banjo music with spoon accompaniment.

This year Heartsease Garden Club, Spirit Mountain Leathers and Kulturology Soap Company will be talking plants and demonstrating leather works and soap making.

And what a display that Sevier County Antique Tractors are planning (they’ll be on the Broadway side)! And if that’s not enough, stop by the Artscapes and Keep Cocke County Beautiful booth for some fun, environmentally friendly art projects.

For more information on the 33rd Annual Newport Harvest Street Festival please contact the Chamber of Commerce office at 423-623-7201 or via email to lramsey@cockecountypartnership.com or jellison@cockecountypartnership.com.

For photos of past street festivals please visit our website at www.cockecountypartnership.com or visit the Newport Harvest Street Festival page on Facebook.

The Cocke County Partnership is a service-based organization consisting of the Newport/Cocke County Economic Development Commission, the Newport/Cocke County Chamber of Commerce and the Department of Tourism Development. The purpose of the Cocke County Partnership is to enhance the county’s economic climate and quality of life for its citizens.

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