ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. – It's that time of year again! Residents and tourists alike flocked to Elizabethton yesterday for the kickoff of the highly anticipated Covered Bridge Days, presented by Elizabethton Parks & Recreation. This annual event spans the weekend of September 22nd through 24th and promises entertainment, from live music and arts & crafts vendors to a foam party and fireworks.
According to a recent report from Carter County Tourism, local celebrations like Covered Bridge Days play a pivotal role in boosting the economy. The myriad events, vendors, and sponsors allow businesses to showcase their services and products.
Yesterday's highlights included a touch of magic, with magic shows on Kid's Island that left young ones in awe. The main stage performances, sponsored by Elizabethton Chamber, Carter County Tourism, Eastman Credit Union, and Carter County Parks and Rec, showcased "High-Test Bluegrass" and "Sister Sadie," enthralling attendees as day turned to night.
Today, the festivities continue with a blend of contemporary and traditional entertainment. The Miss & Mr. Covered Bridge Days Pageant at Elk Avenue Bridge has caught significant attention, providing local talents a platform to shine. Dance enthusiasts can look forward to performances by the Appalachian Irish Dance Co., Covered Bridge Cloggers, Watts Dance Studio, and East Tennessee Ballet Academy.
Adding to the charm is the Main Street Elizabethton Block Party, sponsored by Elizabethton Federal Savings Bank, from 4 PM to 8 PM. The sense of community couldn't be stronger with downtown businesses opening their doors, yard games, live music, and a beer garden. The evening will culminate with a fireworks show at 9:30 PM, setting the sky ablaze with many colors.
Kid's Island offers an exciting line-up for families with kids with character meet and greets from beloved children's shows. Today’s schedule includes appearances from Barney, Sesame Street, Blue’s Clues, Pooh & Friends, and more.
Statistical data from the tourism bureau indicates a rise in attendance of community events over recent years, suggesting celebrations such as Covered Bridge Days offer entertainment and foster community spirit. With Sunday's line-up boasting events like the Elizabethton Youth Business Fair and performances from One Church Worship and Colton Dixon, there's no doubt this weekend will be one for the books.
For those considering joining the festivities tomorrow, don't miss out on the grand finale. It’s not just about fun and games; it’s about celebrating Elizabethton's rich history and traditions while looking forward to a vibrant future.
For more information and real-time updates on Covered Bridge Days, visit the official website or the Elizabethton Parks & Recreation social media pages.