Friday was a busy day in downtown Elizabethton

John Thompson • Jun 15, 2019 at 12:25 AM

ELIZABETHTON — The Covered Bridge Celebration always draws a large crowd to downtown Elizabethton. This year, the annual festival had support from Evenings on Elk, a new event in which downtown shops stay open late on the second Fridays of the month.

There was even more encouragement to come downtown. The popular Riverside Taphouse held its grand opening Friday and packed in a large crowd at its backdoor beer garden for a live band. The tap house threw in a ribbon cutting for good measure.

As if all this was not enough for a downtown Friday, it was also Flag Day, and Elk Avenue was graced with dozens of flags displayed down the thoroughfare.

All of the attractions at the Covered Bridge Celebration were out in force Friday. That included the arts and craft vendors, the food vendors, the children’s rides and the bands on the Covered Bridge Stage. The music included Jeff Woods, Mountain Rose and High Test Grass.

But there was more music than the Covered Bridge Stage could hold. As part of Evenings on Elk, there were live bands throughout downtown Elizabethton, including J.P. Mathes II and Fiddling Leona playing at the Riverside Taphouse; and Ruby Scream playing at Blue River Studio.

In addition to the chance to shop and dine until 9 p.m., there was also an after-event party at Jiggy Rays Pizzeria and at Riverside Taphouse.

Things will be getting started early for the final day of the Covered Bridge Celebration today.

Registration for the annual Covered Bridge 5K Run and and 3K Walk will take place in the parking lot of City Hall from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. The race begins at 8.

The Community Yard Sale also begins at 8 a.m. The Little Hillbilly Contest, sponsored by Double C Western Supply, will take place at 11 a.m. on the Covered Bridge Stage.

The music gets started at 5 p.m. with Bill and The Belles. Johnny Counterfeit takes the stage at 6:30 p.m. John Berry will close out the festival. His show begins at 8 p.m.

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