The date for Sweetwater’s brand new spring festival is fast approaching.

The new downtown Blooms, Bluegrass & BBQ Festival is slated for May 3-4. The two-day event is sponsored by the Sweetwater Merchants and Property Owner’s Association.

The event is designed to attract visitors based on Sweetwater’s beauty and the love of music and good food.

A wide variety of events, including a 5K run, will give everyone something to do and hopefully bring many people who will stay overnight in the city.

Sweetwater Mayor Doyle Lowe is excited for the new event and believes it will be big for Sweetwater.

“This is a bluegrass and barbecue area,” Lowe said. “I think everything will go just fine.”

Lowe thinks the festival will have a great first year and will keep building from there.

From 2011-2017, Sweetwater hosted a very successful fall festival, the National Muscadine Festival. In 2018, that festival was turned over to the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce, which now hosts the popular festival in September at Tsali Notch Vineyard.

This new festival for Sweetwater has been in the works for well over a year. It gives the city a great springtime event and is a kickoff, in some ways, to a busy summer season in Sweetwater for locals and tourists alike, which includes a state baseball tournament in June and the popular Independence Day Celebration in July that the city began in 2010.

For more information, look for an upcoming special section about the Blooms, Bluegrass & BBQ Festival in The Advocate & Democrat, visit the festival’s website at or visit the festival’s Facebook page. You can use the website to register for any competitions and to register as a vender.

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