Heritage Days

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To be distinguished from the Edmonton Heritage Festival, also called "Heritage Days", or Floral City Heritage Days.
Downtown Rogersville during Heritage Days in 2008.

Heritage Days is a three day arts, crafts, and entertainment street festival held in downtown Rogersville, Tennessee during the second, full weekend of October each year. Organized around a harvest and history theme, the festival began in 1978.[1][2] [3]

Early history[edit]

Hawkins County Heritage Days began in October 1978 when a small crowd gathered despite a downpour on the Courthouse Square in downtown Rogersville to help raise funds for the nascent Rogersville Heritage Association.

The organization, whose purpose is to "preserve, protect, promote, and celebrate heritage of Rogersville, Tennessee," envisioned an annual event to commemorate the historic town and to emulate the nineteenth century harvest festivals that Rogersville had seen after the American Civil War.

The festival today[edit]

Since its beginnings, Heritage Days has grown to an annual estimated crowd of almost 40,000 persons, more than six times the population of Rogersville.

The event is still sponsored by the Rogersville Heritage Association, and it still gathers artisans, craftsmen and women, and entertainers to perpetuate the mountain arts and way of life that have slowly vanished from the hills of East Tennessee.

The Southeast Tourism Society, a regional promoter of tourism and excellence in tourism programming, recognized Heritage Days as a "Top Twenty Event in the Southeast for October". The festival has been a multiple winner at Tennessee Festivals and Events.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Heritage Days," Rogersville Heritage Association: Rogersville, Tennessee. http://www.rogersvilleheritage.org/RHA/details.asp?ID=2. Accessed 3 October 2011.
  2. ^ "Rogersville Heritage Days kicks off Oct. 12 for three days of fun," Kingsport Times-News. Kingsport, TN: timesnews.net. 18 September 2012. Accessed 12 October 2012. http://www.timesnews.net/article/9051819/rogersville-heritage-days-kicks-off-oct-12-for-three-days-of-fun
  3. ^ "Celebrating our heritage," The Rogersville Review. Rogersville, TN: therogersvillereview.com. 14 October 2009. Accessed 12 October 2012. http://therogersvillereview.com/story/10313