Union City, Tenn.Discovery Park of America is having a “Southern Heritage Arts and Crafts Festival” on Sept. 28 and 29 inside Discovery Center. Over 20 authentic craftsmen will be set up inside Discovery Center, demonstrating and selling their wares throughout the weekend. On Saturday, the popular Bluegrass band Jargon will be playing in the Settlement, and the Graves will be playing in the Chapel.

“It’s the first full weekend of autumn, and we are celebrating by having authentic craftsmen and bluegrass music in the park,” said Polly Brasher who headed up the event. “And, even better, it’s free for all of our members and included with park admission.”

The current list of vendors Discovery Park of America is expecting is growing daily and includes:

• Adelle – paintings
• Alice Fennel – lap quilting/loom weaving
• Autumn Creek Woodturning
• Beacham’s Clocks
• Betty J Green – knit and crochet afghans, dish rags
• Bobby Joe Hill – handmade ink pens, duck calls, artwork
• Caren’s Creations – jewelry, embroidered items
• Carolyn K – handmade items for everyone in the family
• Cindy Moore – hand painted shirts/bags, handmade jewelry
• Coley and Marilyn Graves – music in the Chapel
• Crystal Community Club – crochet, corn shuck dolls, carving
• Ginger Patch Designs – handmade sewing items
• Jane Fisher – tatting demonstration
• JH Handcrafters -wooden items
• Julia Barham – fall décor
• Ken Byrd Woodturning – ornaments, pens and bowls
• Knot Perfect Wood Designs – wooden jewelry
• Lore Hopper
• Machelle Operia – crochet pieces
• Mason Hall Quilters
• Michelle Williams – art pieces
• Mona Viveros – hand-sewn accessories
• Norma Skinner – homemade home décor
• Pondmermaid Art – original driftwood art, jewelry and repurposed furniture
• Richie Scott – fine art photography and hand-built rustic frames
• Sandy Tolar – demonstration of braided rugs
• Second Street Crafts – crochet, wooden crafts and wreaths
• The Soap Shop – handmade soaps, bath bombs and body butters
• Spa 46 – all-natural bath and body products
• Sugar Tree Woodworks – carved pieces
• TN Bread Lady – friendship bread with pumpkin, cranberry-orange, lemon and banana
• Two Creeks Pottery – ceramic pottery, raku firing demo and enameled jewelry

The Southern Heritage Arts and Crafts Festival is an annual event and will be held the last weekend in September each year. “We hope that our guests and these craftsmen have a great weekend,” Brasher said. “We would love to see this festival grow larger each year.”

For more information about the Southern Heritage Arts and Crafts Festival, visit the park’s website. Discovery Park of America is located at 830 Everett Blvd. in Union City, Tenn., and offers a unique blend of history, science, education and fun.