Nothing says Fall in Roane County like a festival! This is the perfect place to usher in autumn with the ones you love while surrounded by great food, good music, and the magic of changing leaves and a chilly breeze.
Lucky for us, Roane County has ample opportunities to celebrate the changing seasons! From Oliver Springs to Rockwood, you’ll find something fun and festive on any given weekend.
Coming up on Saturday, October 1 is the Kingston Country Fair. The Kingston Country Fair features the largest craft show in all of Roane County! Held at Fort Southwest Point, this event features a cornhole tournament, cow chip bingo, dog pageant, kids’ activities, a pie eating contest and performances by Southern Alliance Dance Company all in the shadow of the only Pioneer fort recreated on its original site. Live music will be provided by Gary Johnson as Elvis. Be sure to explore the fort for historical reenactments, an 18th Century working cannon, and an extensive collection of artifacts and arrowheads. This event is free, parking is free and door prizes will be given away!
After spending the morning in Kingston, plan to fall into more fun in Downtown Rockwood at the Fall Festival! Enjoy local music, lots of arts and crafts vendors, pageants, pumpkins, a silent auction, a street dance party and more! This event is free and family friendly!
On the weekend of October 8-9, Harriman joins the fun with the first-ever Tennessee Pirate Fest held at the site of the Tennessee Medieval Faire at 55o Fiske Rd! Be sure to see our previous blog post for all of the fun details! They’ll have bands, food, comedy shows, costume contests, karaoke, and so much more! The artisan fair is reason enough to visit. Tickets are $13 for adults and $8 for children.
While you could easily spend a day at Pirate Fest, don’t forget that Victorian Square Assisted Living in Rockwood will be hosting their annual Old Time Fall Festival on October 8 from 10am-2pm. There will be food, games, vendor booths, and entertainment, as well as a silent auction. All proceeds go to the Ruth Lewis Resident Activity Fund.
October 15th is the date for this year’s October Sky Festival in Oliver Springs.This down-home festival is a local favorite and will be celebrating it’s 10th year with more than 100 vendors, the crowning of Miss October Sky, a cruise-in car show, rocket launches, coal mining history, tours of movie locations and historic homes used in filming for “October Sky”, displays of vintage quilts, a kid’s zone and more.
Kingston’s Parks and Recreation Department present the ever-popular Halloween Spooktacular at Fort Southwest Point on October 21st from 6pm-8pm! Join us for tricks, treats, storytelling and giveaways! Wear your best costume and come join the fun! Trick or Treating will be held between 6pm&7pm, and storytelling by Elizabeth Rose at 7pm.
Finish up an October full of fun with a walking tour of the Hauntings of Historic Harriman. The Cornstalk Heights Hauntings of Historic Harriman walking tours have become one of the highlights of the fall season. Stories about real occurrences in the neighborhood raise the hair of those with the courage to walk our streets at night. Tours are scheduled for October 22nd and leave every 15 minutes beginning at 7:30and last one at 10 pm from the Harriman Carnegie Library.
Not limited to one weekend and new to Roane County, Narramore Farms is home to Kingston’s only corn maze and pumpkin patch! Open 11am-7pm every Saturday and 1pm-7pm on Sundays until October 3oth, this family-friendly destination boasts a hay ride, culvert slide, face painting, pumpkin tic-tac-toe, corn crib, corn hole and more!
For more information, visit www.visitroane.com. We have a calendar full of events – not just those listed here!
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Updated information from Kingston Parks and Recreation:
We are unable to have cow chip bingo this year. We will have farm animals for children to interact and pet. The Roane County 4-H is unable to participate this year. “Elvis” will be there a.k.a. Greg Johnson. Southern Alliance Dance Company will be entertaining us in place of local square dancers.
This information is provided by Debbie Russell, event coordinator. Her number is 865-376-9476.
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