Festivals are back.
The first in-person festival for Morristown after the COVID-19 pandemic will happen in a matter of weeks.
Morristown’s SkyMart Arts & Craft Festival is scheduled for Saturday May 1 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Heather Blackmon Brooks, the director of downtown development for the Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce, said families should come prepared to have fun.
“It is an arts and crafts festival with handmade art, candles, soaps, woodcraft and jewelry,” she said, “There will also be a food court with food trucks with a variety of different foods including fair foods like funnel cakes.”
Brooks said East Tennessee Nissan had sponsored a kid zone with games and hands-on craft projects.
She said the downtown will be ready for the festival-goers.
“The businesses will be open downtown and they will have sales,” said Brooks.
Gary Chesney, mayor of Morristown, said it is good to see the downtown back in action.
“We’re just glad to be able to offer events again as we work our way out of pandemic restrictions,” he said, “This is another one of those outdoor events that will allow people to enjoy our unique downtown and also find some excellent products from artists and craftsmen.”
Chris Harville, president East Tennessee Diamond, says he’s looking forward to the festival.
He said people are starting to return to downtown businesses, including people from outside of Morristown.
“They’re finding out about the great stores we have downtown,” said Harville, “The brewery is bringing a lot of people downtown. We have a new business called Treasures on Main that is bringing a lot of people. We have a lot of stuff going on downtown.”
Harville said he’s looking forward to other events downtown Morristown is hosting including Music on the Green and the Morristown Craft Beer Festival.
He said people are looking forward to things getting back to normal.
“People like to be outside and they like to shop,” he said, “We want to welcome everybody back downtown and hope that everybody will have a great time these next few months.”