By Darryl Payne
Posted on August 3, 2011
There will be lots of picking and grinning going on this weekend in Tennessee-Pigeon Forge, in particular—when the annual StringTime in the Smokies music festival gets underway. The event, which celebrates the many varieties of Americana music, takes place Friday and Saturday, August 5 and 6, in the Old Mill Square and Patriot Park areas.
Things get kicked off on Friday with an open jam at Old Mill Square, which means anyone who wants to bring an instrument can sit in and join the fun. Later that night, Will Tate and Six Mile Express will be performing in concert.
On Saturday, the 2nd Annual Smoky Mountain Cornhole Tournament will put beanbag tossers to the test, with first-prize money of $1,000 up for grabs. That night’s bluegrass performances start at 6 p.m., with Writers Round performing at 7 p.m. and Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time playing at 8 p.m.
In addition to some of the area’s finest musicians, artisans and crafters will be on hand to demonstrate their skills and share the works and knowledge with visitors.
Meanwhile, old-fashioned games for all ages, antique farm equipment and food vendors round out the festival offerings.
Admission is free.
About Darryl Payne
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