Saturday the streets of Downtown Newport were decorated with cornstalks and pumpkins for Harvest Street Festival. Despite the unseasonable heat, locals say this was a tradition they simply couldn’t miss.

“It’s just a great place to come,” said Kristyn Clevenger. “There’s so much to do, there’s so many people. You see everybody from town that you know, there’s so mny different things to do, so many different kinds of food to eat, different activities.”

This is the 32nd year for the festival put on by the Cocke County Partnership.

“We have such a great turn out the community loves it,” said Lucas Graham with the Cocke County Partnership. “We basically turn our entire town into a giant festival and it’s great for the vendors and businesses in the downtown area.”

The pumpkin and scarecrow decorations that covered downtown Newport created a fall wonderland but the hot temperatures made it feel otherwise.

“It’s okay,” said Tavion Stewart. “You just have to bare through it, get through it, still love it. Even in the heat people still come out and enjoy and have a good time.” 

The festival will continue through Sunday until 5:30 pm.