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Celebrate Fall In The Smoky Mountains

By the end of September, cornstalks and pumpkins begin creeping onto the porches and front lawns of folks in East Tennessee. The fall season is intoxicating with its crisp, cool air and vibrant color that blankets the nearby Great Smoky Mountains National Park. So it’s easy to see why the celebrations begin in Sevierville well before the trees turn.

The official Harvest Fest celebration runs throughout the month of October and is sealed tighter than a jelly jar with down home events, craft celebrations and harvest decorations.

Local artist Robert Tino’s Smoky Mountain Homecoming (Oct. 3-5) focuses on mountain arts and crafts plus live demonstrations like bee keeping, shoe making and wood working right outside his farmhouse gallery.

Fans of classic cars will love The Diner’s monthly fall cruise ins. Register your classic car when you get there for a chance to win cash and prizes or just cruise on by to sip a hand-dipped shake and check out the classic rides.

Scrappers take note! The Smoky Mountain Rubber Stamp and Scrapbook Getaway (Oct. 18-19) will feature prominent rubber stamp and scrapbook manufacturers from around the country. See the latest paper crafting products, learn new techniques for stamping and scrapping, participate in make-and-take projects, and much more! Tickets are $6.00 in advance (valid for both days) or $8.00 at the door. Hours are Saturday from 10 am-5 pm and Sunday from 11 am-4 pm.

Even with all the events and fun, the stars of the season are still the leaves. The color begins changing on the mountain tops around the end of September and marches downward for the rest of the month – providing weeks and weeks of color. Peak color times vary from year to year, due to environmental factors like temperature and rainfall. On average, mid-October through mid-November offers the most vibrant display and provides a perfect segue to Sevierville’s Winterfest Celebration (Nov. 10-Feb. 28).