Here’s the thing – Tennessee is filled to the absolute BRIM with amazing things to do, but people get caught up in the glitz and glamour of our big cities. Yes, we know – they’re awesome. But our tiny towns are just as fantastic, and you need only take a moment to look and find out. Oh wait. You don’t.
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10. Bell Buckle Moon Pie & RC Cola Festival
Quirky is as quirky does - this is one of our favorites! You can crown King RC Cola and Queen Moon Pie in Bell Buckle, where you'll have the chance to sweat it out with the rest of the town as you watch the parade and take a gander at the small shops in sweet Bell Buckle.
9. Blue & Gray Days at the Carnton Plantation
With events occurring at the plantation as well as the Carter House, this is a Civil War experience unlike any other. You can hobnob with both Confederate and Union soldiers, and indulge in the fantastic food and crafting opportunities throughout.
8. English Mountain Trout Farm
This cute spot is located just outside Sevierville, and it's perfect for you and the kids, with awesome spots for them to fish and enjoy their spoils. The mantra at the trout farm? You hook 'em, we cook 'em!
7. 39th Annual Unicoi County Apple Festival
October is a pretty great time in Erwin - it's when you can hang out with the locals and eat your weight in apples. The festival is rife with locals, tourists and fruit vendors alike, giving you a fantastic visit and quite a few calories in which to indulge.
6. Humboldt Strawberry Festival
This one is coming up soon - in May, west Tennessee gets going in their celebration of the strawberry. With 78 years of fun and late spring celebratin' under their belt, they know how to do it right.
5. Jonesborough Story Telling Festival
You can enjoy the Story Telling Festival the first weekend of October. It was founded after a high school journalism teacher heard a story on the Grand Ole Opry show in 1973, and now more than 10,000 people a year have the chance to enjoy the festival-like event.
4. Kingsport Fun Fest
Created originally as a way to unite the people of Kingsport, they had so much fun the rest of us had to get in on it. It occurs in mid-July, in case you aren't ready to let go of the fourth just yet.
3. Lewisburg Goat Festival
If you visit
, you'll find your way to the official spot for the Lewisburg Goat Festival. It occurs every October, looking to honor Marshall Counties goats - as well as the native fainting goat. Join for arts and crafts, fun food and music during the whole of the festival. Plus, the goat shows? Winning.
2. Smithville Fiddler Jamboree
You can join in on the fun around the fourth of July, as it began as a way to celebrate the music of our heritage. If you're looking to get patriotic, Tennessee has it down pat with our Appalachian music and kind folk.
1. Townsend, Tennessee
Alright, this isn't a festival. It's a beautifully scenic town in east Tennessee that completely DOMINATES when it comes to kind folks and gorgeous views. This is Tennessee, in a town.
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