Jun 1 2006 NASHVILLE

Tennessee festivals and special events racked up considerable recognition in the Southeast Tourism Soceity's selection of its Top 20 Events in the Southeast for July, August and September.

STS judges name 20 events per month, and for the third quarter of 2006, Tennessee claimed 15 of the honored spots. A complete listing follows.  

National Championship Fiddlers Jamboree and Craft Festival - June 30 - July 1Family oriented fun and entertainment with old hand-made crafts found only in the Appalachian area of the U.S., Smithville, TN 615-597-8500, 

Jonesborough Days - July 1 - 2A living historic town - Jonesborough ,Tennessee 's oldest town and the storytelling capital of the world, offering family fun and events. Jonesborough, TN 423-753-1010, 

Annual Patriot Festival - July 4Outstanding entertainment, free admission, fun for the entire family. Pigeon Forge, TN 800-251-9100, or 

Music City Independence Day Concert Spectacular - July 4An evening of free entertainment, fun and fireworks. Nashville, TN 800-657-6910, 

Fun Fest - July 14 - 22Visitors come for the Crazy 8's 8-K run, the Tour de Possum Creek bike rides, the concerts and the hot air balloon launches. Kingsport, TN 423-392-8800, 

For the Good Times:  The Ray Price Story - Aug. 3, 2006 - June 2007A tribute to American music architect Ray Price with exhibit running through June 2007. Nashville, TN 615-416-2001 or 

4th Annual Spring Time in the Smokies - Aug. 12 - 14A gathering of top bluegrass musicians share one stage for two days of concerts, offered free of charge, in Patriot Park. Pigeon Forge, TN 800-251-9100, or  

7th Annual Celebrate Freedom - Aug. 12 - 19An eight-day salute to America's veterans, patriots and heroes with a musical, theatrical journey through America's military history. Pigeon Forge, TN, 800-251-9100, or 

Wilson County Fair - Aug. 18 - 26Nine days of fun for the entire family includes entertainment, rides, pageants, agricultural exhibits and much more. Lebanon, TN 615-443-2626, or 

68th Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration - Aug. 23 - Sept. 2The oldest continually-running event in the state. Champions in 29 different divisions will be crowned. Also featured: a trade fair, stable decorating, BBQ cookout and much more. Shelbyville, TN 931-684-5915, or 

Music City Jazz, Blues & Heritage Festival - Sept. 2 - 3Outstanding national and international talent will take the stage, along with some of Nashville 's finest local talent. Nashville, TN 800-657-6910 or 

BoomsDay - Sept. 3Known as the nation's largest Labor Day fireworks show. Enjoy live music, all American food, and the "Goody's Family Fun Zone. Knoxville, TN 800-727-8045, or 

Pellissippi State Hot Air Balloon Festival - Sept. 22 - 23This one of a kind event features more than 20 high flying hot air balloons, a balloon "glow", tethered balloon rides, arts and crafts and entertainment by local and national talent. Knoxville, TN 865-694-6528, or 

25th Annual Mt. Juliet Pow Wow/Don Yahola Memorial - Sept. 23 - 24Experience the beauty and passion of an American Indian Pow Wow - a time of gathering and celebration with friends and family. Mt. Juliet, TN 615-443-1537 

10th Annual Pigeon Forge Harvest Festival - Sept. 29 - Oct. 31A celebration of the harvest season, complete with colorful decorations and craft festivals. Pigeon Forge, TN 800-251-9100, or 

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Cindy Dupree
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