Area Annual Events

All times are Eastern Time. Please contact the Bandy Creek Visitor Center to confirm program dates and times.

Seventeenth Annual Haunting in the Hills Storytelling Festival

September 19
The Seventeenth Annual "Haunting in the Hills" Storytelling Festival will be held on Saturday, September 19, 2009 in the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. The event will include in school presentations, storytelling and craft workshops, afternoon storytelling presentations and dulcimer music. The day's events will conclude with the telling of ghost stories in an area adjacent to the Bandy Creek Visitor Center. The event is free to the public and will be held rain or shine.

The festival actually begins on Tuesday and for the remainder of the week professional storytellers will be visiting all the elementary, middle and high schools in the five counties which adjoin the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. All together over 14,000 students will have the opportunity to see performances by these nationally recognized tellers. To further enhance the learning opportunities of the school visit the festival also makes a Classroom Activities Booklet available to all teachers for use after the presentation.

Saturday’s events will begin at 10:00 a.m. and will be held in the fields and areas adjacent to the Bandy Creek Visitor Center. 

From 10:00 a.m. till 6:00 p.m. the craft demonstrations, craft workshops and the ever popular "Olde Timey Toy" display will be set up in the fields adjacent to the Visitor Center. Step back in time, learn and have some fun!

Dulcimer workshops will be presented by the Knoxville Area Dulcimer Club. Beginning and intermediate lessons will be available. The workshops will be two hours in length and dulcimers will be available for those who do not own their own instrument. 

Returning by popular demand to this year's festival will be an afternoon of family orientated stories featuring the event's professional tellers, presentations by several local school storytelling clubs and a concert by the Knoxville Area Dulcimer Club. Afternoon presentations will begin at 1:00 p.m. under the tent. 

The gripping climax of this year's festival will again be the night of ghost stories. Ghost stories will begin at 8:00 p.m. Saturday evening. Six professional storytellers from around the country will present their best ghost stories. A series of "not-too-scary" stories will first be presented for the young and faint of heart. These will then be followed by scarier stories for the brave at heart. 

Visitors are encouraged to come spend a special day on the Cumberland Plateau. Please remember to dress appropriately for the weather, bring a flashlight, a blanket for seating on the ground, and snacks or drinks. Food will be available throughout the afternoon and picnic facilities are nearby for those who would like to use them.

For further information about the event or for directions to Bandy Creek - call the National Park Service Visitor Center at (423) 286-7275, Park Headquarters at (423) 569-9778. or All times are scheduled on Eastern Daylight Savings Time.  

Worlds longest Yard Sale

450 Mile Hwy. 127 Corridor Sale
August 6 - 9, 2009
Following the route from the Kentucky state line south, you pass through many small cities and communities. The following towns would like to invite you to spend time shopping with them while you visit Tennessee; Pall Mall, Jamestown, Allardt, Clarkrange, Crossville, Pikeville, Dunlap, Whitwell, and Chattanooga.
Click here to see a map

Pumpkin Festival

Questions about entertainment and scheduling call the entertainment chairman, Wade Mitchell 931-879-1449 (work)

Historical Rugby

  1. Rugby Pilgrimage
    The long tradition of the Rugby Pilgrimage is now a bi-annual event.
    The next pilgrimage will be the Saturday, September 5th, 2009.

  2. Halloween Ghostly  Gathering 
    Saturday, October 24 & Saturday, October 31, 2009
    A Calling of the Spirits From Rugby's Past  and A Look at How Halloween Came to Be. Chili & Cornbread Dinner...Candle & Lantern Lit Tours...Story Telling...
    LIMIT 100 Each Night: Adults $16; Students $8.00 (6 & Above Only). 
    Advance Reservations Required.

  3. Thanksgiving Marketplace 
    Friday, November 27, 2009
    Start or Finish Your Christmas Shopping at the Rugby Commissary
    Demonstrating Craftspeople...Tours of Historic Buildings...
    Delicious Meals at the Harrow Road Cafe

  4. Christmas at Historic Rugby 
    Saturday, December 12, 2009
    Visit Beautifully Decorated & Lamp Lit Historic Buildings to Bring an Old Fashioned Christmas Alive.... 
    Enjoy Classical Music & Actors Portraying Early Rugby Colonists 
    Join in an Old Fashioned Carol Singing w/Hot Wassail 
    Lessons & Carols Service at Christ Church Episcopal...
    Christmas Treasure Shopping...
    Sumptuous Four Course Victorian Dinner at the Harrow Road Cafe