The Tennessee Fall Homecoming at theÂ Museum of Appalachia in Norris is ending after 38 years.
The festival, which started in 1980, hasÂ grown to the point that it now requires more than three thousand hours to plan, promote, and execute, a press release said.
â€œHomecoming was an enormous investment for a museum of our size,â€ said Stephen Dean, chair of the museum’s board of directors. â€œIf we lost a day of attendance due to weather, we simply could not make it up. Even if a homecoming was successful financially, the amount of time and effort invested simply wasnâ€™t justifiable. We have to be responsible for the entire museumâ€™s operation.”
The festival started in 1980 as a one-time event to recognize, display, and celebrate the disappearing music and culture of the Southern Appalachians, but grew over the years into a multi-day event attended by tens of thousands of people annually, the press release said.
The 38th and final Homecoming, held this past October, was one of the museum’s most well-received events, the press release said. It introduced all-new evening concerts featuring artists like Lee Ann Womack and The SteelDrivers. As a result, this year’s Fall Homecoming boasted record-breaking attendance and attracted new visitors. [Read more…]