Tennessee Polk Salad Festival
The 2014 Tennessee Polk Salad Festival returned to Roane County with an Arts, Crafts, and Regional Food Theme. On June 14, 2014, the Tennessee Polk Salad Festival returned to Roane County. David Webb and the Rocky Top General Market were proud sponsors of years of the Polk Salad Festival. The Festival continued in 2014 with the Arts Council of Roane County as host. The emphasis was on the arts, crafts, and foods of our region. Art touches us all, and the Festival encouraged feelings of creativity and self-worth for everyone attending. All were encouraged to express their creative talents through music, dance, drama, and visual arts. The signature artistic event of this year’s Festival was the “Design a Quilt” area where attendees were encouraged to design and color fabric blocks for donation to Project Linus of East Tennessee. The range of Festival events included gazebo performances, kid activity tables, and craft demonstrations for unique experiences of our local performing, written, and visual arts. Demonstrations were given by weavers, potters, jewelers, wood workers, and many more artisans. The Festival was a dynamic, collaborative, and multi-sensory experience for artists and audiences alike. The 2014 Tennessee Polk Salad Festival and Arts Council of Roane County would like to gratefully thank our generous sponsors who made the Festival possible. Eddie’s Body Shop, Randy Ellis, Christmas Lumber, Rocky Top General Store, Davis Funeral Home, and the East Tennessee Renaissance Festival. We also appreciate the support from the City of Harriman and each of their departments who helped the festival happen: Mayor Chris Mason, Councilman Chris Ahler; City Clerk Angela Skidmore; Randy Heidle, Chief, Police Department; Karen; Brad Daniels, Asst. Chief Fire Department; Dan Lancaster, Golf Carts; Larry Bridges, Recreation Department; and to County Executive Ron Woody for the support and the free water for the festival attendees.
Facebook | www.facebook.com/TennesseePolkSaladFestival Where: Harriman Riverfront Park When: Saturday, June 6, 2015 Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission Cost: Free Tennessee Polk Salad Festival, an event of the Arts Council of Roane County is a 501©3 organization whose mission is to support all of the arts and artists in our communities. Arts Council of Roane County | PO Box 1175, Kingston TN 37763
Arts & Crafts Vendors and Demonstrations
The Arts and Crafts Vendors were spectacular this year including Adobe Rose Works Pottery, hand loomed textiles by Kat Moore, Beaten not Broken Metal Works, Dandelion Soap Company, Duct Tape Sorceress, Rachel Nelson Art, Nelson Farms, Terry Willard hand turned wooden barrel pens, Amanstasia Designs, Wayne Setzer photography and sun prints, BoxerKnob Woodworks, Owl Tree Designs, Art Drops Jewelry, Corinne Coley Jewelry, Crafty Divas, Face Painting by Monette, Gloria Marine Crafts, Pam Fowler Art, Sew Happy Crafts, South Hill Designs, and Sweet Spot Stamps.
Excellent food was on hand for festival attendees including the Polk Salad Pavilion hosted by the Rockwood American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post 50; Applewhite Catering; Philly Attraction; Coffee Break and Creamery, Funnel Cakes and More, Papa’s (Westone), Lightning Larry’s Grill, Roes BBQ, Big Bens, Epic Church Bake Sale, Dunmore Smokin’, and Colonel Cobb.
Special features of the 2014 Festival were street performances and crowd interactions with the East Tennessee Renaissance Festival Players, including the Queen holding court, Society for Creative Anachronism sword fighters, Academy of the Blade fencers, theatrical players, and a special hand-pulled ride in the Princess Cabriolet. Festival goers were also encouraged to color a quilt block to donate to Project Linus of East Tennessee. The entertainment gazebo was packed with delightful entertainers including Puppeteer Maurice Lowery, the Uprising, Academy of Dance Arts, Ben*Jam, Oasis, Ashley Krohn & Rick Metcalf, Dare2Dance Clogging Academy, Tony Hutson, Tellico Tappers, and various East Tennessee Renaissance Festival players. Each and every one made the Festival a dynamic, fun time for all.