- $39 for two adult tickets to the 35th Annual Tennessee Fall Homecoming (up to $60 value)
- When: Sunday, October 12; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Admission is regularly $15 for teenagers, $10 for younger children, and free for children under age 5.
Here’s a look at what’s on the lineup of this venerable celebration of Appalachian music, handicraft, and cuisine:
- Dozens of performers on five stages: Multi-award winning artists include The Gibson Brothers, American bluegrass and gospel musicians Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, bluegrass greats Melvin Goins & Windy Mountain, and Dale Jett—a third generation member of the legendary Carter family.
- Demonstrations and crafts: showcase of pioneer skills including: spinning, weaving, blacksmithing, lye soap making, sorghum making, and brewing sassafras tea.
- Appalachian Fare: sample fried green tomatoes, frybread, southern barbecue, homemade ice cream, and dutch-oven cobbler.
Museum of Appalachia
Scouring the back roads of Southern Appalachia, John Rice Irwin amassed thousands of historic artifacts before opening the Museum of Appalachia in 1969. A Smithsonian Institute affiliate since 2007, the 501-(c)3 museum now consists of more than 30 historic structures that recreate an Appalachian village, complete with farm animals and gardens flanked by split-rail fences. Along with two large exhibition halls, the museum's pioneer buildings house an extensive collection, which ranges from Appalachian baskets and quilts to folk art and toys.
Elsewhere, rustic paths wend through pastoral sites, a Hall of Fame honors Appalachian notables, and live musicians play old-time Appalachian tunes. In addition to weddings, the museum's grounds host several events throughout the year, including Tennessee Fall Homecoming, Sheep-Shearing Day, Days of the Pioneer Anitque Show, and an anvil shoot every Fourth of July.