JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. – Tennessee’s Oldest Town will celebrate the 48th annual Jonesborough Days Festival June 29-July 1 with family activities, music, handmade arts and crafts, patriotic parade, fireworks, storytelling and more.
The 2018 Jonesborough Days Festival will begin Friday, June 29 at 10 a.m. and the Annual Kick Off Dinner starting at 5:30 p.m. with music and more until 10 p.m. The festival will continue on Saturday, June 30 at 10 a.m. with the parade marching through downtown and festivities continuing until 10 p.m. Activities start at noon Sunday, July 1 and the event wraps up with the annual fireworks display at 10 p.m. Admission to the festival is free and open to the public.
The Ingles Market will host a Watermelon Social Friday, June 29 in front of the Courthouse. Free watermelon will be provided until it’s gone.
The Main Stage entertainment kicks off at 7-10 p.m. on Friday, June 29 beside the Washington County Courthouse in Downtown Jonesborough. The Main Stage welcomes the return of The Beach Nite Band, combining a summer feel to popular R&B, soul, disco blues, classic pop and boogie music guaranteed to appeal to all ages. Their performance is sponsored by BathFitters.
The 2nd Annual MoonPie Eating Contest takes place 2 p.m. June 30 at the Main Stage. Come test your time on the snack known for being “as big as the moon”. There will be three categories including: 12 and under, 13-17 years and adult. Contestants will be challenged to see who can finish their MoonPies the fastest. Registration is free and begins at 1:30 p.m. in front of the Main Stage, space is limited. The winners of each category will receive a free MoonPie shirt and MoonPies for a year.
New this year is the Johnny Cash Look-A-Like Contest beginning 8:30 p.m. June 30 during intermission of the Johnny Cash NOW concert 7:30-10 p.m. Come see who will secure the title of the first Jonesborough Day’s Man in Black and win prizes from downtown merchants. The contest will be broken down into multiple age groups. Participants can register by calling 423-791-6540. The deadline to enter is Thursday, June 28.
Jonesborough Days will be howling with summer fun with the Dog Days of Summer Contest 2 p.m. Sunday, July 1 on the Main Stage. Categories will include Best Swimsuit, Best Trunks and Most Patriotic. The entry is free and prizes will be awarded in each category. Those interested in participating can come to the Main Stage by 1:45 p.m. Water, cooling stations and treats will be available for all participants.
The Music City Stones, a Rolling Stones Tribute band based in Nashville, will take the stage 7:30-10 p.m. Featuring top Nashville musicians and performers, Music City Stones prides itself on integrity of the musicianship along with Louis Lee's spot-on rendition of Mick. This concert is sponsored by Wolfe Development.
The festival then wraps up with the annual fireworks show at 10 p.m.
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. Get your tickets now for the popular Kick Off Dinner on Friday evening at the International Storytelling Center. A low country shrimp boil is on the menu with entertainment by the Jonesborough Novelty Band and lots of family fun for $15 per person.
Doc’s Front Porch will feature a variety of storytellers and musicians on the plaza at the International Storytelling Center during the day. The Main Stage will also feature entertainment each evening including headliners The Beach Nite Band, Johnny Cash NOW and the Music City Stones. Shop more than 70 vendors, showcasing local handmade crafters with a variety of wares. And of course, there will be festival foods like barbecue and tacos and funnel cakes.
Discovery Park, located behind the Storytelling Center, will offer activities for children and families this year. There you will find lots of hands-on ways to experience activities only found in Jonesborough including a taste of what they offer at the McKinney Center for the Arts classes, Oak Hill School sessions complete with a schoolmarm, heritage games and an archaeological dig provided by the Heritage Alliance and more. Visit Discovery Park each day and see what Jonesborough has to discover.
The Jonesborough Repertory Theatre will also present 1776 the Musical. For show times and tickets, visit www.jonesboroughtheatre.com. Parking will be available at the Jonesborough Middle School for $5 per car and a free shuttle will be running all weekend.
For more information, call 423-753-1010 or visit www.jonesboroughdays.com.
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