Fun, food & friendliness at the 2019 Tennessee Mountain Laurel Festival in Wartburg


WARTBURG, Tenn. (WATE) – The 2019 Tennessee Mountain Laurel Festival is underway and there’s a lot of fun to be had by visitors for not only the food and friendliness, but also the scenery of beautiful East Tennessee. 

A Laurel Mountain Festival history

According to the Morgan County Tourism Alliance, five years ago, the tourism alliance decided to take on its first project and called it “Morgan County Mountain Laurel Walk.”

The first year they had the celebration at the Visitor Center in Wartburg.  

“It was a fun day, even with all the rain. Learning from our mistakes and accomplishments, we decided to have the next festival downtown Wartburg, around courthouse square.  We then changed the name to ‘Morgan County Mountain Laurel Festival.'” 

The event became so popular and since they were the only county in Tennessee with a “mountain laurel festival,” they decided to change the name again – this time, to its current moniker Tennessee Mountain Laurel Festival

Festival features

In celebrating this year’s anniversary, on Saturday, May 18, 2019, new events are coming to the festival, including:

  • Wine Tasting
  • Pet Contest & Parade 
  • Carriage Rides  
  • DIY T-shirt printing 
  • a special music event on Friday night before the festival

The festival will also feature its usual lineup of vendors, food, BBQ contest, live bands during the day and more.

Be sure to mark your calendar for one of the most beautiful times in our county – when the mountain laurel blooms!

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