36th Annual Rotary Craft Festival

Its harvest time in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains which means fall festivals are in full swing. One of the region’s best seasonal gatherings is the Rotary Craft Festival in Pigeon Forge.

Rotary Club Craft Festival 2012This year’s 36th annual event, held under the gigantic red and white striped tent in the parking lot of Patriot Park, features handmade crafts from some of the finest craftsmen in the world. Visitors have the opportunity to shop through hundreds of various items of fall décor.

Over 60,000 people are expected to pass through the festival which runs daily through Oct. 27. Guests will love the featured items of mountain culture like woodcarvings and paintings.

Live “mountain” music and a concession stand with all kinds of food are on hand. More than 50 vendors are onsite selling other handmade items such as ceramics, scarecrows, stained glass, Native American items, candles, jewelry, and much more.

Perhaps the best attribute of the Craft Festival is its cause. Proceeds generated at the event help support the Rotary Club which provides help to local educational programs. Scholarships for local students and classroom materials for county elementary schools are all results of funding from the Rotary Club and its Craft Festival.

The hours for the festival are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day through October. Come enjoy the autumn weather as you take a look at all the beautiful craftwork Pigeon Forge’s artisans have to offer.