sunflower-festival

Area residents turn out in large numbers for last year’s Sunflower Festival in Mountain City. Organizers are confident of another successful event. Tomahawk File photo

By Jill Penley
Freelance Writer

A small town may host the annual Sunflower Festival but that does not mean it lacks big fun. Perfect for all ages, this festival, which takes place on Main and Church Streets in Mountain City, TN and surrounding area on Saturday, is celebrating its 14th year and will provide an entire day of fun.

“We have a new design for the Sunflower Festival this year,” said Renee Proffitt, a seasoned crafter, who has helped to organize the event in passed years, “and a percentage of the proceeds will go to the Johnson County Cancer Support Group.”

According to Proffitt, the festival will showcase several new vendors including some yummy new food items.
“Kids can stay cool with two wet slides this year,” said Proffitt, who confirms other past favorites will also be there such as the bouncy obstacle course. “There will also be a kiddie-train, face-painting, corn hole toss and plenty of other games to keep the little ones entertained.”

“Over 85 vendors are scheduled to be on hand,” said Proffitt, “selling all kinds of things including handmade jewelry, antiques, homemade jams, jellies, bread, and soaps.” There will also be several food vendors with all kinds of delicious goodies for sale.

“We are pleased to announce the return of the Tennessee Sunrise Quilt Guild’s quilt show,” said Proffitt, who advises the quilt show, along with many other handmade items, will be displayed at the First Christian Church, 401 West Main
Street.

Organizers have events planned throughout the entire day including the Sunflower Festival Beauty Pageant beginning at 10am and a sunflower contest at noon. “Around noon in front the main stage, prizes will be awarded for the prettiest sunflower and the largest sunflower,” said Proffitt, who asks anyone wishing to enter a sunflower in the contest to have it at the main stage no later than 9am.

As in past years, there will be live music throughout the day, and the Johnson County Cruisers invite all auto enthusiasts to the Antique, Vintage and Muscle Car Show at the corner of Church and Main Streets.

“We are also joining Heritage Hall for music at Ralph Stout Park featuring Phantom Band,” said Proffitt. “Admission is free and so is the entertainment. What’s not to love?”