Rain fails to derail Native American fest

10:00 am | June 4, 2013

It isn’t surprising for a crowd to turn out for a special event on a sunny day.

Photo by Brandon HicksJeff Kemp of Blountville participates in a historical presentation Saturday at Sycamore Shoals' Native American Festival.

Photo by Brandon Hicks
Jeff Kemp of Blountville participates in a historical presentation Saturday at Sycamore Shoals’ Native American Festival.

But when people show up despite dreary weather, you know you have a particularly special event.

Thousands of visitors took advantage of a sunny Saturday and braved a sodden Sunday for Sycamore Shoals Historic Area’s Native American Festival.

“It was a phenomenal weekend despite having a rainy Sunday,” said Sycamore Shoals Park Manager Jennifer Bauer.

“Saturday was a great day. The event went extremely well and now we are planning for next year.”

The weekend-long festival, one of the largest events hosted by Sycamore Shoals, featured traditional and contemporary arts and crafts, traditional Native American song and dance, Cherokee storytelling and legends, Native American flute, Cherokee language workshops, craft demonstrations and vendors.

An average of 1,400 visitors came each day to the festival, held in and around Fort Watauga on Saturday; with Sunday’s rainy weather, most of the activities were moved inside the Visitors Center.

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