East Tennessee Lavender Festival

Looking for a laid-back Southern gathering place to spend a summer weekend? Then plan on attending the 14th annual Lavender Festival at Historic Jackson Square in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.  Jackson Square will be bustling on Saturday, June 16th with farmers selling fresh produce, crafters and artists showcasing their skills, live music, and free children's activities.

Festival organizer Barbara Ferrell of The Ferrell Shop says, "It's a great gathering place.  It's a place where people just see their friends and neighbors...some stay for hours."  Once again dozens of vendors will offer authentic art and handcrafts, natural living products and plants.  Free presentations about herbs, cooking and other natural living topics will be offered throughout the day.

Families Making Sachets at 2011 Lavender Festival
"It's a great family atmosphere," says Debbie McGill of The Spotted Spaniel. Children will have the opportunity to make and take home a free lavender sachet, like they did last year.  FlourSackMama.com will once again be stitching up those sachets with you, with fabric and dried lavender courtesy The Ferrell Shop.  FlourSackMama.com will also be hosting an on-site Green Momma Party for parents.

Free music starts at 8:00 am with the sounds of Allen McBride, followed by the popular Frosty Bottom Boys. Family favorites Liz and Tim will share their blend of Americana, folk and Appalachian music.  Some musicians will be performing for the first time at the festival later in the afternoon.  Here's the rundown of performers and more details about the Lavender Festival.  

The Lavender Festival runs until 3:00 pm.  Families also attending the Secret City Festival can look for the free shuttle running between both locations on Saturday.