Bean Station Harvest Pride Festival set for this weekend

Mountain Mike Ayers will be showcasing his skill at the Bean Station Harvest Pride Festival this weekend. 

The 24th annual Bean Station Harvest Pride Festival is happening this weekend.

After cancelling last year’s festival due to COVID, the town is back with the fall festival that includes arts, crafts, bounce houses, food, live music and more at 785 Main Street on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

“I just enjoy all the arts and crafts and getting to visit with everybody,” Sarah Fennell, a Bean Station town official, said. “It’s a good community get-together.”

Anchoring the festival this weekend will be renowned chainsaw carver “Mountain Mike” Ayers, who will be carving live in addition to having some of his art for sale. Ayers is based out of Maggie Valley, North Carolina where he operates Mountain Mike’s Whetstone Woodworks when he is not travelling for festivals or competition.

The stage will feature music from Blessings of Grace, Joe & Sherry Gibson, The Purkeys, The Singing Cookes, Aaron Justice and Ed Bradley & Sis.

Author and humorist Sam Venable will be sharing stories from the stage.

There will be a car show and blacksmith onsite to round out the events.

More information can be found on the Town of Bean Station Facebook page.