Just a few hours into the weekend-long festival, merchants lined downtown Jonesborough offering everything from lemonade to honey to soap all the way from Florida. While many guests have made a few stops downtown over the festival’s 48 years, soap makers Tim Leger and Lisa Caywood set up shop for their first time at the festival.
Leger said that Crystal River Soapworks might find a new home in the East Tennessee area as the business owners look to move to the area. They said they’ve visited Jonesborough and the area before, and it left an impression that inspired them to look to move here one day.
“We just love the people here, everyone is so welcoming,” Caywood said.
Because the first day of the festival is on a Friday afternoon, the kickoff is subdued, but that didn’t stop a scramble of watermelon-lovers from enjoying a fresh slice of watermelon in the afternoon shade of the courthouse. The McKinney Center’s paint table was adorned with drying masterpieces of aspiring artists passing through, and the mini-train trekked up and down Main Street with passengers waving to pedestrians.
In the coming days, the festival has some new additions to look out for — the “I Made It Market” will feature art from children at Discovery Park beginning today and a Johnny Cash tribute will hearken back to his 1973 performance in Jonesborough, complete with a Johnny Cash lookalike contest.
Jonesborough Days will continue today starting with the parade at 10 a.m., with festivities concluding at 10 p.m. Sunday’s closing day begins at noon and ends with a fireworks display at 10 p.m.
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