What began as a small craft fair at Beersheba Springs Elementary School in 1966 has grown into one of Tennessee’s premier arts and crafts festivals, drawing over 13,000 visitors from across the country each year to the small mountain community. This month, the Beersheba Springs Arts and Crafts Festival will celebrate its 50-year Jubilee with music, food, and more vendors than any previous year.
Fran Holt, a 40-year veteran of the festival, and the current board chair, says the Jubilee will be spectacular. “We have music each day. Bands will perform on Saturday, with a special performance at 7 p.m., and gospel music all day Sunday.”
However, Holt and board members Donald Boyd, Melissa Scruggs, Tim Spicer, Cardelia Spicer, and Bobby Thompson know the handmade crafts and artwork are the festival’s big draw.
“As of last week, we had 160 exhibiters signed up,” said Holt. “And we expect to reach 200 before the festival begins.”
Proceeds from the festival benefit local organizations including the Beersheba Springs Library, Beersheba Springs Rescue Squad, Beersheba Springs Community Center, Grundy County Center for Exceptional Citizens, North Elementary, and will provide for food baskets.
The Beersheba Springs Arts and Crafts Festival is free to the public and will open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
“It’s our Jubilee year,” commented Holt. “We are going to have a big show!”