Jonesborough, TN

The Dog Days of Summer are Back at Jonesborough Days

John M. Dabbs

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Kathy Hensley takes her dog to town.John Dabbs/Photographer

The crowds are back at Jonesborough Days, in Tennessee’s historic oldest town. The town was home to new crowds and continued excitement as the annual festival continued. The town is a family friendly atmosphere where even four-legged family members are welcome.

This year’s event was smaller than in prior years, though it is much better than the COVID years where festivals were cancelled in the historic town.

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Jonesborough DaysJohn Dabbs/Photographer

In addition to craft vendors and food tents, we actually saw some food trucks at this year’s event. This was once taboo in the town as all vendors were placed in tents - some at the expense of rental from the town’s historical society. The addition made for more contrast to the festival and didn’t take away from the aesthetics of the charming small-town atmosphere.

Ingles sponsored a watermelon social on the courthouse steps, free to everyone. The watermelon was good and quite refreshing in the hot afternoon sun on Sunday. Workers were finishing up the stage behind the courthouse for the Sunday night performances- scheduled to start at 8:00 p.m.

As we finished up our rounds and testing the honey at the Strawberry Plains Honey Company, we enjoyed some great Kettle Corn from Kettle-Licious. Owners Rick and Pam Norris are good at the kettle corn business and are at many events in the region.

We hope you too have had a great holiday weekend. There are other festivals around. Jonesborough Days are a great place to go if you have time and are in the area.

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