The Lenoir municipal park will host the 59th annual Festival of arts and crafts in the city of Lenoir on Saturday and Sunday June 5 and 6. Over 200 artists and artisans from across the South East and beyond will be on display.
Items range from ceramics and glassware to metalworking and jewelry, baskets, woodwork and more. Food and drink vendors add to the fun with tasty treats for everyone. This year’s Festival will include COVID security measures, which will be followed for the protection of all participants. Lenoir municipal park overlooks Lake Fort Loudoun and the Smoky Mountains.
The festival was started by the Suburban Women’s Club of the General Federation of Lenoir City Women’s Clubs (GFWC) in the summer of 1962 as a community fundraiser and raised over half a million dollars for charities. What started as an event where artists exhibited works on clotheslines, the Lenoir City Arts and Crafts Festival has grown to showcase masterpieces by fine artists working in various media. , including oils, watercolor, acrylic, pastels, charcoal, pen and ink.
All proceeds are donated to the community to help various organizations and programs in Loudon County including the Boy Scouts, Lions Club and a local sports team, to name a few. The club also provided scholarships to local graduates to help them continue their education.
“The big fundraising effort this year is for the new Splash Pad in Central Park, in downtown Lenoir City. It will be an amazing place to attract families from downtown. We are also fortunate to have many causes that we donate to each year, my favorite being Angel Tree who runs errands for the children of Lenoir City and Loudon County, ”says Janet Bove, President of Lenoir City GFWC .
Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 5, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 6. The address is 6707 City Park Drive, Lenoir City. A donation of $ 3 is requested at the entrance.