WHEN: Saturday, October 15, 2016 - 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. EDT
Sunday, October 16, 2016 - 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. EDT. Whitwell is the Central Time Zone, but many of our visitors come from Chattanooga which is in the Eastern Time Zone.
ADMISSION: $7.00 for adults; children 12 and under free. Handicap parking is available. Parking is free!
The 2016 Ketner’s Mill Country Arts Fair is the 39th annual event at the mill. Ketner’s is the premier Country Arts Fair in East Tennessee, and is home to some of the best in arts and crafts - ranging from sculpture and paintings, to pottery and hand-woven baskets to metal art and jewelry, plus woodworking, furniture, folk art, and more. Each year more than 100 artisans share their creativity and talents with us through their products and demonstrations, while there are more than 20 food vendors (texas taters and funnel cakes are just a few of the favorites), plus two days packed full of entertainment for the whole family. All exhibitors and vendors are chosen by committee to ensure quality.
The Fair was established in 1977 by the late Frank W. McDonald to help preserve the mill. He and his cousin Clyde Ketner introduced a new generation to Ketner's Mill.
Shopping, eating and entertainment? That’s right! There’s even more at Ketner’s for everyone in the family. Enjoy these family favorites, too:
Sorghum Molasses: Sample the sweet taste of sorghum molasses that no grocery store product can match. Watch as Ernest Mazelin and his Mennonite family use the mill’s donkey-powered sorghum “squeezer” to extract the sugars from raw sugarcane. Then, using a time-honored recipe, the sugar is cooked into a tasty sorghum molasses that visitors can purchase.
Wagon Rides: Children and adults alike will thrill to the excitement that only comes from a ride on the back of an open wagon.
Canoe Rides: The Sequatchie River plays host as families enjoy Canoe Rides on the waters of the same river that powers the historic mill.
Petting Zoo: The Marion County 4-H club hosts a petting zoo where children can pet and feed the animals.
Entertainment: Entertainment during the fair consists of on stage & roving acts such as local bluegrass, country, gospel and other musical acts, plus clogging, magic, and a variety of choices for family-fun.
Want to see more of what goes on at the fair? Go to our Photo Album!
General Fair Information:
Your friendly family dog is welcome at Ketner's Mill on its leash. Owners are responsible for their pet's behavior.
DIRECTIONS: Ketner’s Mill is located between state highways 27 and 28 near Whitwell, Tenn. From Chattanooga, take scenic Highway 27 over Suck Creek Mountain to Powell’s Crossroads, then follow the signs to the mill. For an alternate route, head west on I-24 to Exit 155. Travel north on State Highway 28 for 8.4 miles, then turn right at the Ketner’s Mill sign.
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