SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19th, 2019
9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. EDT
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20th, 2019
10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. EDT
Note: Whitwell is the Central Time Zone, but many of our visitors come from Chattanooga which is in the Eastern Time Zone.
ADULTS - $7.00
CHILDREN 12 & UNDER - FREE
All funds raised support the preservation of the historic mill for future generations to enjoy.
ABOUT THE FAIR
The 2019 Ketner’s Mill Country Arts Fair is the 42nd 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 150 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 historic mill. He and his cousin Clyde Ketner introduced a new generation to Ketner's Mill. The Fair is still run by descendants of Alexander Ketner: Frank S. McDonald, his sons Clay and Miles, and a wonderful group of friends and volunteers who make the whole event come together.
Shopping, eating and entertainment? That’s right! There’s even more at Ketner’s for everyone in the family.
Sorghum Molasses Demonstration: 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 mule-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.
Live Entertainment: Entertainment during the fair consists of on stage & roving acts such as local bluegrass, country, gospel and other musical acts.
Want to see more of what goes on at the fair? Check out our photos!
GENERAL FAIR INFORMATION
Dogs welcome. Your friendly family dog is welcome at Ketner's Mill on its leash. Owners are responsible for their pet's behavior.
Handicap parking is available.
Parking is free!