This highly anticipated annual event promises to provide the crowd with a weekend to remember!
Come enjoy the enticing aromas of all your favorite festival foods, from fresh squeezed lemonade, corn dogs, spiral taters to funnel cakes and deep-fried desserts. As always, we have a wonderful line up for entertainment, so bring your favorite lawn chair, pick out a spot at the entertainment stage and let our performers provide some toe' tappin tunes. And then on Sunday, traditional gospel and mountain music will fill the air.
Newport AMVETS Post 75 will again graciously coordinate the opening ceremonies at the start of the festival. We appreciate our men and women from all military branches who sacrifice for the livelihood of others. What a better way to show our appreciation to those folks than to open with a ceremony in their honor! The ceremony will begin at 9:30am on the Broadway side of the courthouse lawn. We welcome you to attend and show your appreciation to our military.
As you stroll through the streets of downtown Newport, you will have opportunity to purchase many wares of local and regional crafters. Everything from coveted cookbooks full of recipes from some of the best cooks around, oil paintings, pencil drawings, children's toys, face painting, décor, and many other handmade items will be on display. When you have wrapped up your shopping, let the kids stop by the Kiddie Land, located off the food court - with the purchase of an armband they will have hours of fun hopping in the bounce house, enjoying a fast ride down one of the slides or jousting with friends, and let's not forget they can also play some ball. Armbands will be available for Saturday and Sunday for your children. Children and adults will be able to get a view of the festival by train; Kiwanis of Newport Train that is! When you depart your train excursion, helicopter rides for children will be available from the Kiwanis of Newport also.
We can't forget some of the most beautiful sites you'll see at the Newport Harvest Street Festival. It's all the lovely ladies and babies that come to strut their stuff at the beauty pageants. Children up to 16 years of age will compete in pageants according to their age bracket. The ever-popular Miss Newport Harvest Festival, for females ages 16-21 years old, will be the last pageant of the day. All pageants will be located on the Court House lawn Saturday starting at 10:30 am.
And don't forget ole-timey activities around the Courthouse. East Tennessee Overhill Intertribal Descendants, Pastor Jimmy Morrow, Sons of Confederate Veterans and many more vendors will be taking you back in time. Enjoy traditional music on the law! And what a display that Sevier County Antique Tractors are planning! And if that's not enough, stop by the Artscapes and Keep Cocke County Beautiful booth for some fun environmentally friendly projects.
The Cocke County Partnership is a service-based organization consisting of the Newport/Cocke County Economic Development Commission, the Newport/Cocke County Chamber of Commerce and the Newport/Cocke County Tourism Council. The purpose of the Cocke County Partnership is to enhance the county's economic climate and quality of life for its citizens.