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McMinn Grown & Festivals

McMinn Grown

McMinn has a rich agrarian past and agriculture still plays an important part of our economy.  The State of Tennessee Department of Agriculture Pick Tennessee Products program assists in marketing our home grown agricultural assets.

Farmer’s Markets

Market Park Farmers Market of Athens

The Market Park Farmers Market is open in season (late June through October) Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. through 7 p.m. EDT. Located at the intersection of South Jackson & Hwy 30. Wayfaring signs are located on State Route 30 from Exit 49 on Interstate 75 & from the city limits on State Route 30 coming from State Route 411 from Englewood & Etowah. The Market Park Farmers Market is located in downtown Athens, TN and was built and opened in 2011 as phase one of a downtown development project. Additional phases of the development include a second pavilion, permanent restrooms, an amphitheater and exercise walkways. Market Park is adjacent to Veterans Park which includes a one half mile walking trail, a brick walk featuring 4,000 names in honor and in memory of veterans, monuments to all branches of service and a 600 pound granite globe that floats on water.  Contact the City of Athens Parks and Recreation Department for more information on the farmer’s market at (423) 744-2704.

McMinn County Farmers Market

The McMinn County Farmers Market opens in mid-June and operates through mid-October (depending on the weather).   It is open on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings until around noon or until the product is gone.   Come early for the best variety.   For more information on the market, contact the McMinn County Extension Service at (423) 745-2852.

Products, Gardens and Nurseries

Local Festivals

Athens Festival Fun – The City of Athens, McMinn County has a variety of festivals throughout the year where thousands of people “Make Memories in McMinn.”

 

The National Moo Fest Dairy Festival is the main festival for the City occurring in June of every year and was organized in 2007 as a way to celebrate dairy farmers.  This festival has gained national attention and has grown since 2007 to include a non-profit coalition Biscuit Alley, a Kiwanis sponsored pancake breakfast, and an Athens Lions Club 5K Moo Run.

 

Etowah Old Fashion Fourth of July Celebration - The fourth of July celebration offers all day entertainment with the best of the area’s food and crafts.  The event finale includes one of the largest fireworks displays in the region and a big band performance.  This is Etowah’s biggest event of the year.   For more information on event dates and activities, please contact the Etowah Chamber of Commerce at (423) 263-2228.  (photo courtesy of Durant Tullock)

Pumpkintown is a fall festival held in the City of Athens in October of every year that celebrates history, heritage and harvest. 

Englewood Celebrates - Held in the last weekend of June every year, Englewood Celebrates is an old-fashioned festival that includes activities such as a pancake breakfast, live music, tractor show, motorcycle run, square dancing and more.

Niota Fried Green Tomato Festival - The first weekend in September every year, the town of Niota celebrates the fried green tomato. Activities include a sock hop and dancing in the streets, car show, 5K run, Boss Hog imitator and replica of the General from from the Dukes of Hazard, a Willie Nelson imitator as well as other star impersonators, a fried green tomato recipe contest, a watermelon eating contest, a beauty pageant, pooch pageant, and more.

Regional Festivals and Events