As communities continue to reopen, the City of Sweetwater is set to host a festival this coming weekend.
The Blooms, Bluegrass and BBQ Festival will start Friday, May 7, at noon and go until 8 p.m. and then it will kick off again on Saturday, May 8, starting at 10 a.m. with the ending time undetermined.
“We have quite a few vendors signed up so we will have lots of food trucks, crafters, artists and other things lined up,” said Sweetwater City Recorder Jessica Morgan.
Amateur musicians will have a chance to play during the festival as well.
“The East Tennessee Bluegrass Association will be sponsoring a picker’s corner where any amateur is more than welcome to come on Saturday,” Morgan stated. “There will be a kids zone and a carnival that will be here at the same time, so there will be vendors for that as well.”
She expressed the town’s excitement to host the event.
“We are not really sure how many people are going to show up, but we are holding our breath and glad that we can host this for everybody,” Morgan said. “We have vendors coming from everywhere and I think it is probably going to be a good time for everybody.”
In addition to vendors, on Friday, May 7, there will be an opening ceremony at noon and a May Pole dance with Salt & Light Dance Studios. From 2-4 p.m., The Holloway Sisters and Outta the Blue will provide live entertainment.
From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Valley Grass Express will perform, and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Stock Creek Bluegrass Wandering Minstrels: Kasey and Molly Moore will take the stage.
On Saturday, there will be vendors, a carnival, a barbeque competition, a Kids Zone (sponsored by Sweetwater Public Library’s Friends of the Library), and a picker’s corner at Miller Street and Main Street from 2-5 p.m.
At the gazebo, the entertainment will be True Blue from 10 a.m. to noon, Tim and Jodie Harbin from noon until 2 p.m., Journey Home from 2-4 p.m., and Evie Andrus Duo from 4-6 p.m.
On the Main Stage at the Duck Park Bandstand, Fiddling Leona & JP will take the stage from 10 a.m. to noon, New Johns Creek Grass from noon until 2 p.m., Monroe Troubadours from 2-4 p.m., followed by Just Us Bluegrass from 4-6 p.m.