Booths will be featured during the Jamboree, June 30 and July 1
Smithville – Every summer thousands of fans swarm the square in Smithville for the annual Smithville Fiddlers Jamboree.
The Jamboree “draws thousands of visitors each year not just because of the music and dancing but for the crafts as well,” according to a release by the Jamboree. “This year’s 52nd annual event is returning to its roots with approximately 150 booths featuring all hand-crafted items. Three local retail booths from DeKalb County have been grandfathered in.”
Crafty – Pottery Artist Susan DeMay.
Music is the primary draw of the event, but many visit to explore the crafts booths. The craft festival will see changes this year.
“The current crafts committee is making changes to the craft festival, accepting vendors’ works that are more in line with the original mission of the founders of the Smithville Jamboree,” acclaimed pottery artist and judge Susan DeMay said.
There will be new faces.
“We have reviewed many new craft artists, and we are excited to see their works in the upcoming event” stated Craft Director, Olivia Southard.
Other members of the crafts committee include Jessica Higgins and Tabitha Theirjung of Tennessee Tech’s Appalachian Center for Crafts. The booths will line the square and side streets of downtown Smithville during the Jamboree, June 30 and July 1 with thousands of people expected to attend.
Craft booth registration is open at www.smithville.jamboree.com.
UCBJ file photo.