Tennessee in May is a beautiful place to be, especially in the county where there are festivals going on all month long, festivals that celebrate what makes each community different and unique from any other in Tennessee. It is a great opportunity to get to know the real people of Tennessee, to see them enjoying their lives and a chance to join in their celebrations. These may seem to be simple, local events, but they attract visitors from around the country and in some cases from around the world. So if you are planing a trip to Tennessee try to make some time to take a little side trip to one fo these festivals. Next year you just might make the festival the focal point of your trip instead of a side trip.
Greeneville’s 13th Annual Iris Festival May 19-20 of 2007
115 Academy Street
Greeneville, Tennessee 37743
With a total attendance of over 32,000 in 2006, this is getting to be one of the biggest festivals in Tennessee. Of course, there is more than the iris, there are art and crafts a juried show. Plenty of entertainment and a special space just for the kids. There are demonstrations like wheel-thrown pottery, intricate wrought iron, crocheting and woodworking. Many of the crafters provide samples, including homemade apple butter and jellies, to guests during the event. As for food, you will not go hungry for sure. Just some of the items in the food court are gyros, french crepes, bloomin onions and tropical delights, ice cream, fudge and fresh-squeezed lemonade and snow cones
the Crosby Ramp Festival
All Festivities Held Outdoors at Kineauvista Hill.
9:00 am to 6:00 pm
The first question you will ask is what is a ramp. Not what you think. A ramp is a wild leek, not a cultivated crop and in the spring it is time to roam into the woods and gather up the harvest. You will get to try some new taste sensations such Green Eggs & Ramps and BBQ Chicken Served With Ramps and anything else they can come up with. There is almost constant entertainment with Country, Gospel, Bluegrass and Rock & Roll Music and plenty of Appalachian style crafts.
Tennessee Strawberry Festival
Dayton Chamber of Commerce
107 Main St.
Dayton, Tennessee 37321
This is a true county festival, with a pie and cake bake off, gold tournament, softball tournament, a fishing rodeo, carts and crafts and food vendors, a classic car show a special area just for the kids and a carnival every evening starting at 6PM