TELLICO PLAINS, Tenn. – The Cherohala Skyway Festival returns with even more fun 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Charles Hall Musuem & Cherohala Skyway Visitor’s Center.
The museum and Monroe County Tourism are sponsoring the event in celebration of the 21st. anniversary of the official opening of the scenic by-way. A history DVD of the events that led to the building of the Skyway will play in both buildings of the museum as well as next door at the Cherohala Skyway Visitor’s Center. Orginal footage of the first wagon train and the Cherohala Skyway’s dedication ceremony in October of 1996 provide many interesting facts about the project.
Under and around the big red tent, provided by River of Life Ministries, will be about 40 select artisans and crafters. Old time bluegrass and mountain music will serenade shoppers and folks enjoying a meal or snack in the Food Court. Pork Palace will be there with their bar-b-q plates that include their famous fried potatoes. The Volunteer Federal Wiener Wagon will offer hot dogs with all the trimmings, plus Frito Pies, and several cold and hot drinks. Funnel Cakes, Kettle Corn, and an awesome Tellico Plains Library Bake Sale will satisfy those with a sweet tooth. The library will also host a huge book sale for all ages!
There will be fun activities in the Family Fun area located in the garden, walking trail, and Charles Hall Field behind the Museum/Visitor’s Center. In keeping with the Tellico Plains Wagon Train theme, Bill Shadden and family will give rides in a horse drawn wagon. A more modern ride for children is David Taylor’s barrel train, “The Cherohala Skyway Express.” The barrel train consists of 7 barrels painted with poplar places of interest along the Cherohala Skyway. This has been an exciting community project between the Charles Hall Museum and the Tellico Plains Junior High and High School art classes. A petting zoo, corn hole, bounce houses/slide, a black smith, a rope maker, and shelling and grinding corn with old-time corn shellers and grinders will round out this area. Other activities for the family close to the big red tent are Safe Archery and Smokey the Bear.
Bring an antique tractor, lawn tractor, small engine, classic car, truck, or jeep to the Charles Hall Field located at 122 Bank Street by 8:30 a.m. Registration is not required and there is no fee for this opportunity. For more information, call James Blankenship at 423-261-2924.
The event is free, including parking to the public.
For more information, visit www.skyway-festival.com.
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