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66th Rhododendron Festival – June 16 thru 17

Photo by Todd Bush

June 15, 2012. ROAN MOUNTAIN, Tenn. — The Roan Mountain Citizens Club will hold its 66th Annual Rhododendron Festival at Roan Mountain State Park, Roan Mountain, TN, on Saturday. June 16 and Sunday June 17, Admission is free, hours are 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Sunday. Mr. Alan Jenkins, President of the Citizens Club, will open the festivities at 10 a.m. on Saturday the 16, by welcoming all those participating and attending this event. There will be over 90 vendors, selling a variety of handcrafted items. Food vendors and Entertainment will be provided on both days. Various musical groups will entertain, presenting mountain style music and gospel groups.

Saturday’s line-up begins at 10 a.m. with Jim and Cheri Miller, 11 to 12 Tammy Perry & Rick Holtsclaw, 12 to 1 p.m. Roses in the Snow, 1 to 2 p.m. Mountain Rhythm, 2 p.m. to 2:05 Citizens Club Scholarship Presentation. Performs continues at: 2:05 to 3 p.m. Rattle Snake Daddy, 3 to 4 p.m. Art and Cathy and the final musical group from 4 to 5 p.m. will be the Roan Mountain Moonshiners.

Sunday’s agenda is full of Gospel Music with the Sound Traveler begining at 1 p.m., next will be featured Royal Vision performing from 2 to 3 p.m., Greater Glory  from 3 to 4 p.m. and closing at 4 p.m. with Gospel Grass.

The Roan Mountain Citizens Club donates to various community projects and also provides college scholarships, to deserving students. Mr. Alan Jenkins, President of the Roan Mountain Citizens Club, will be recognize the students participating in the program this year. Various items will be auctioned between venues. The vendors that are participating at the Festival donate the items that will be auctioned off between the entertainment groups. All proceeds will go to the Scholarship Fund.

Come feel the coolness of Roan Mountain Gardens at 6000 feet elevation and enjoy the beauty of the largest grouping of blossoms in the world, almost a square mile of Rhododendrons! There is hiking, tennis or swimming at the park. Pack a picnic or enjoy the vendors food. This is one of the best festivals in the region.

To get there, follow Highway 321 / Highway 19 East north from Elizabethton, Tenn.  Follow Highway 19 East to Roan Mountain, turn on Highway 143 to the park.