2013 National Muscadine Festival Is Sept. 27-29 In Sweetwater

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The City of Sweetwater and the Sweetwater Merchants and Property Owners Association will present the 2013 National Muscadine Festival in Historic Downtown Sweetwater. The annual festival is in its third year. 

Events begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27, with a downtown concert by Southbound, featuring the festival’s theme song “Muscadine”.   On Saturday, Sept. 28, events kick off at 10 a.m. with a parade and muscadine stomp.  Vendors, artists, crafters, live music, a BBQ contest with $8,000 in prize money, a kids zone, grapevine wreath auction, and plenty of raffles and contests will keep you busy all day Saturday in downtown Sweetwater. A shuttle will run out to the state’s largest muscadine vineyard, Tsali Notch Vineyard and the world’s largest underground cave, The Lost Sea.  Activities at the vineyard include a Muscadine Wind 5k at 12:30 p.m., vendors, crafters, and U-pick muscadines. On Sunday the festival will finish with vendors and live music.

For more information, go to www.nationalmuscadinefestival.com.


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