The wait is finally over, the new downtown Blooms, Bluegrass & BBQ Festival is slated for Friday and Saturday this week. 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 even a 5-K run will give everyone something to do and hopefully bring many people staying overnight.

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 holds the popular festival in September at Tsali Notch Vineyard.

There are chances of showers and perhaps thundershowers particularly on Friday but the weather will be mild with the high temperature well into the 70s.

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 July and the popular Independence Day celebration the city began in 2010 on July 4.

For more information, or on visit the festivals’ Facebook page.

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