We would like to thank everyone who stopped by our booth at the 13th Annual Union County Heritage Festival on Saturday, October 7, 2017. This year our booth included a sign up for our weekly newsletter, as well as, special guest, Shirley McMurtrie. Shirley is a regular contributor on www.HistoricUnionCounty.com. Each week, she shares a story of her life and one of her special recipes. Most of the artwork that accompanies her articles are hand drawn by her.
The 13th Annual Union County Heritage Festival "Come Here, Come Home", with over 5,000 in attendance, was a great success and had something for everyone. The festival included various activities and vendors at Wilson Park, student and fine art shows at the Historic Snodderly House, a photography show at the Chamber of Commerce, and a quilt and author’s show at the museum.
At this year’s Union County Heritage Festival, Thunder Road Printing & Graphic Design, while promoting their products and services, was doing a fund raiser for Union County Children’s Charities, Inc. This charity has an annual event called “Under The Tree Project”. Headed by president Gina Buckner, this is a program focused on providing Christmas gifts to Union County children who otherwise would have none. In an effort to raise funds to purchase gifts, Thunder Road Printing & Graphic Design, for a donation, was having a drawing for a large print of Smoky, the UT mascot.
Bring your family and enjoy arts, crafts, music, and activities for all ages. Music is on three stages with the main stage in the gazebo. So grab a lawn chair or use one of ours, Following is a listing of the music line-up:
10:15 Stoney Point Bluegrass Band (formerly Hwy 33)
11:15 Wild Blue Yonder Band
12:00 Talk Around on Dr. Ralph Stanley
12:15 Stoney Point Bluegrass Band (formerly Hwy 33)
1:15 Wild Blue Yonder Band
2:15 Lakeway Twirlers w/ Caller: Mike Hoose
3:15 The Atkins
You still have time to enter a Heritage Festival contest. All registration forms are available at unioncountyheritagefestival.com and at the Union County Extension Office (4H) or Maynardville Public Library.
Hay Bale Contest-Decorate your business or yard by October 3. Must use a hay bale.
Pie Baking- Bake your favorite pie and bring to UT Extension on Friday, October 6.
Photo – Photograph a Union County person, place, or scene that shows coming home. Take your photos to the Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, October 4, by 4 pm.
Last year Shirley Keaton's painting "Peaches" received "Best of Show" in the Fine Arts Exhibition for Union County Heritage Festival. Your entry may be the 2017 winner.
The Union County Heritage Festival's Art Show is a juried mixed-media exhibition open to artists 18 years of age and above. (There will be a Student Art Show for those under 18 years of age). The exhibition is intended to showcase art work produced throughout our area.
The smell of pumpkin pie warm from the oven always turns my thoughts to fall. The aroma of an apple pie cooling on the kitchen counter tells me color season will soon be here. As September heads toward October, the thought of pecan pie with vanilla ice cream fills my head. If you like pie, then you will want to visit the 4H Booth at the Union County Heritage Festival on October 7, in Wilson Park. Steve Thompson of Beverage Solutions Group and Union County UT Extension will again team up to host the Heritage Festival Pie Baking Contest and provide the pies for the 4H Booth.
The Union County Heritage Festival announces its 2017 collectible print "Coming Home". Keeping with this year's Festival theme, "Come Here Come Home", Artist Betty Bullen has delivered an emotional picture of a veteran returning home from service to Union County. Betty says she gathered inspiration for the painting from numerous sources, including an episode of Bill Landry's Heartland Series where Landry interviews a Sharps Chapel Farm boy who returned home to Union County from service in WW II.