Iris Festival Returning to Downtown Greeneville May 21-22 | Local News


The Greene County Partnership’s annual Iris Festival is set to return for its 27th year. The community event is expected to draw thousands of visitors to the streets of downtown Greeneville on Saturday and Sunday, May 21 and 22.

The family-friendly event will provide a weekend filled with arts and crafts, entertainment and activities for all to enjoy, according to a press release.

Arts and crafts kiosks will be placed along College and Academy streets with a variety of items for purchase, including several types of jewelry, quilts, metal art, hand-spun pottery, fused glass, paintings, wreaths, handmade clothing, wooden signs, hot items sauces, dips, spices and perennial irises. The Traders Market will showcase a selection of products ranging from boutique apparel, promotional items, face paint and more.

Food vendors will fill the festival food court. Their offerings will include fresh homemade donuts, Egyptian cuisine, blooming onions and spiral potatoes. Booths will also feature vendors specializing in house favorites like cotton candy, ice cream, fruit skewers, freshly squeezed lemonade and snow cones.

Two animation stages will provide singing and dancing throughout the festival. Artists on the vocal stage will perform a variety of music including country, bluegrass, rock, pop and gospel, while the dance stage will feature dance styles ranging from clogging to line dancing. Members of The Appalachian Renaissance Faire of Tennessee and local musicians will perform at various locations among the festival crowd.

The 2nd Annual Keep Greene Beautiful Iris Festival Walk will be held at 8 a.m. on Saturday. The walk will start at the First Baptist Church and go through downtown Greeneville. Admission for walkers is $25 per person until Thursday and $30 starting Friday. A special group rate of $20 per person is available for groups of five or more.

The 7th annual “Sundown on Depot” car show, which will feature hundreds of cars, trucks and bikes, will take place Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Main Street. The show organizers have pledged all proceeds from the event to Holston United Methodist Home for Children. Registration for any vehicle in the show is $10. Additional information is available by visiting

The 18th Annual Iris Festival Competition will return to this year’s festival. The competition will begin at noon Saturday at Greeneville High School. The contest will feature eight age categories ranging from 0-11 months to 16+. The deadline for contest entries is May 13. Registration forms can be picked up at the Greene County Partnership. For more information on the Iris Festival Competition, contact Rhonda Humbert at 423-639-3819.

BRAGco. – Bicycle Ride Across Greene County – will begin its inaugural ride Sunday at 7:30 a.m. The 67.3-mile ride was designed to display all the glory of Greene County – from historic downtown Greeneville to the rolling hills of Greene County , and climbing and meandering along the Nolichucky River. Registration fees for the BRAGco. is $45 and is limited to 40 riders.

Major sponsors of the 27th Annual Iris Festival are Cornerstone Home Lending, Eastman Credit Union, The Greeneville Sun, Radio Greeneville, Donaldson, Rodefer Moss, Brolin & Bailey, Durham & Hensley, First Horizon and McInturff, Milligan & Brooks.


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