Fireworks, festivals, fun for all this weekend

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 The following events are planned for this Labor Day weekend:


Mountain Heritage Festival

STINKING CREEK—The 43rd annual Mountain Heritage Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Mountain Heritage Festival grounds on Stinking Creek Road.

The festival celebrates old Appalachian traditions and will include quilting, soap making, molasses making and other exhibits — such as a horse show and mule pull at 6 p.m. Saturday. A moonshine still will also be displayed.

There will also be gospel and bluegrass music. Performances will include God’s Three, Ken Andrews and Michael and Delilah.

There will also be games for children, including Frisbees and a bounce house.

Festivalgoers can enjoy country cooking: on Saturday, soup beans, corn bread, vegetables and dessert will be sold. On Sunday, chicken and dumplings will be sold. Patrons can purchase other concessions at the festival.

“Mountain Heritage Festivals were started 43 years ago with a small group of neighbors and friends on Stinking Creek,” said Nancy Owens, a volunteer with the Mountain Heritage Community Club, in a release. “The name ‘Mountain Heritage’ defines our goal — to promote and teach our children respect and appreciation for our culture and reverence for God.”

After the festival’s first year, which was a success, it became an annual event, Owens said.

“Through the years, popularity for the festival grew and families and friends have come from as many as 14 different states,” she said.


Car, Cycle and Tractor Show

JELLICO—The Gem City Cruisers Car Club will host a car, cycle and tractor show at Indian Mountain State Park from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Those interested in displaying cars, tractors or motorcycles can register for $15. Attendance is free.

There will be drawings for door prizes and cash prizes. Those who register will have their names entered for drawings. The door prizes will be car-related merchandise, such as car-painting kits.

There will also be concessions — such as hamburgers, hot dogs and drinks — for sale.


Fireworks at Roane State

LaFOLLETTE—The city of LaFollette will host a fireworks display around dusk on Labor Day. Pyro Shows will shoot the fireworks from Roane State Community College.



KNOXVILLE—Pyro Shows will light the largest Labor Day Fireworks in the Southeast — Boomsday — from the Henley Street Bridge in downtown Knoxville Sunday.


Norris Lake events

NORRIS LAKE—There are several events planned around Norris Lake Labor Day Weekend. The Tiki Bar at Deerfield has scheduled a DJ for Saturday and Sunday.

Flat Hollow Marina has planned Karaoke from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The restaurant at Flat Hollow Marina is open until 10 p.m.

Friday nights are wing nights at Sequoyah Marina from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Stardust Marina will host Super Davis Five from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday.

Straight Creek Dock will have fireworks Sunday.

Sugar Hollow Marina is hosting a Labor Day Football Party Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

One Foot Down Band will perform at Whitman Hollow Marina from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.