Festival celebrates ‘town that wouldn’t drown’

10:00 am | August 7, 2013

“The town that wouldn’t drown” will again demonstrate how it won that nickname when it hosts the 24th Old Butler Days festival this weekend.

Photo by Brandon HicksThe Butler Museum, which celebrates the history of Old Butler, includes some of the original post office boxes from the Butler post office.

Photo by Brandon Hicks
The Butler Museum, which celebrates the history of Old Butler, includes some of the original post office boxes from the Butler post office.

Butler’s Babe Curtis Park will be at the center of the celebration of the town’s storied stubborn refusal to sink into history.

The festival will be held Friday, Aug. 9., from 3 to 10 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 10, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Old Butler Days pays tribute to the residents of Old Butler, who lost their homes and community when the Tennessee Valley Authority flooded the area by building Watauga Dam to create Watauga Lake. The dam was built in an effort to control flooding and generate power.

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