Iris Festival Returning to Greene County Saturday and Sunday | WJHL

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (WJHL) — A nearly three-decade-old tradition will return to Greene County on May 21-22.

The 27th Annual Iris Festival will draw thousands of visitors to downtown Greeneville as vendors line the streets with crafts, food and activities the whole family can enjoy.

From the streets of College to Academy, festival-goers can expect arts and crafts stalls featuring jewelry, quilts, metal art, hand-spun pottery, molten glass , paint, wreaths, handmade clothes, homemade dips and sauces and, last but not least, perennial irises.

At Merchants’ Market, families can join in the makeup fun with even more shopping opportunities, including boutique clothing and promotional items.

The dining options will be almost endless – fresh donuts made from scratch and ethnic dishes such as Egyptian cuisine. Families can also grab quick treats such as cotton candy, fruit skewers, freshly squeezed lemonade and ice cream.

The festival will feature live entertainment with a variety of performances including bluegrass, rock, pop and country, as well as a dance floor for those feeling the music.

Other festival activities include the 2nd Keep Greene Beautiful Iris Festival Walk at 8 am on Saturday. The registration fee will be $30, with a special group rate of $20 per person for groups of five or more. The walk will take participants from First Baptist Church and through historic downtown.

The 7th Annual Sundown on Depot Auto Show will hit the road Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Main Street. Entry to show a vehicle is $10 with all proceeds going to Holston United Methodist Home for Children.

The 18th annual Iris Festival competition will begin at noon on Saturday at Greeneville High School, with eight age categories from 0-11 months to 16+.

Another event includes the Bicycle Ride Across Greene County (BRAGco) in its inaugural race Sunday at 7:30 a.m. The 67.3-mile adventure will show bikers all the glory of Greene County, from historic downtown to the hills of the county, as it climbs and meanders. along the Nolichucky River. The event is limited to 40 runners with an entry fee of $45 per person.

The main festival sponsors are Cornerstone Home Lending, Eastman Credit Union, The Greeneville Sun, Radio Greeneville, Donaldson, Rodefer Moss, Brolin & Bailey, Durham & Hensley, First Horizon and McInturff, Milligan & Brooks. For more information, call 423-638-4111 or click here.

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