Newport Harvest Street Festival
When thousands of folks gather on the streets of Downtown Newport the
first weekend in October, organizers hope they will enjoy the traditions
that have helped make the Newport Harvest Street Festival the "best
community festival" for years! Long-standing favorites like arts and crafts,
regional food and drink, beauty pageants and old-timey demonstrations
are just a few of the showcased activities that have returned year after
year. The festival committee continually looks for ways to expand and
improve the ever-changing festival, while still paying homage to the
culture and heritage of the area.
The festival began in 1986 when then-Chamber of Commerce director
Richard Parrott gathered a group of folks to create the festival as one
of the “Tennessee Homecoming” celebrations. Tennessee Homecoming was a
state-wide, year-long celebration providing communities the opportunity
to rediscover the past, identify their uniqueness and to celebrate it.
In the late 1980s, Bettye Carver, along with her team of more than 32
volunteers, chaired the project for the next decade. Those
celebrations had a definite hometown flair featuring local artists,
crafters, musicians, downtown history and even a talent show.
In the late 1990s the Newport/Cocke County Chamber of Commerce again
took over the reins and expanded the festival by adding commercial
booths and creating the popular "Kiddie Land."
Today the festival boasts hundreds of craft, commercial and food vendors, live entertainment, Kiddie Land and much more. Won't you join us the first weekend in October as we kick off the harvest season in the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains? The Smokies are calling you!