BEAN STATION – Bean Station’s 24th Harvest Festival will take place Saturday, October 16 and Sunday, October 17 after a one-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The festivities will begin Saturday morning at 9 a.m., and will feature wood carving by Mountain Mike, of Mountain Mike’s Whetstone Woodworks in Maggie Valley, North Carolina.
Train rides around the park will be provided by Kerbela Engineers. An open car show will be held, and local authors will offer their books for sale in the courtroom in the Town Hall.
The Grainger County Health Department will be onsite to provide free COVID-19 vaccinations.
Music performances will begin at 10 a.m. with Blessing of Grace. Joe & Sherry Gibson will perform at 11 a.m.; the Purkeys will perform at noon.; The Singing Cookes will perform at 1 p.m.; Sam Venable will speak at 2 p.m.; Aaron Justice will perform at 2:30 p.m.; and Eddie Bradley and Sis will perform at 3:30 p.m.
The festivities will begin Sunday morning at 11:30 a.m. The festival will close at 4 p.m. Sunday.
Parking will be available on Main Street, on either side of the festival, and on Broadway Drive.
No motorized vehicles will be allowed inside the festival area with the exception of mobility scooters.
Vendors will begin setting up for the festival Friday at noon. Main Street will be closed from City Drive to Dogwood Lane, and Broadway Drive will be closed at its intersection with Rocky Springs Road, beginning at noon Friday, as vendors begin setting up in preparation for the weekend’s events. Setup will end Friday at 8 p.m. and begin again Saturday at 7 a.m. All vendors must be completely set up and have vehicles off Main Street by 8:45 a.m. Saturday morning and by 11:15 a.m. Sunday morning. Vendors may not enter the festival grounds with a vehicle before 4 p.m. Sunday.