It’s that time of year again — the seventh annual White Lightning Festival continues on Saturday.
The 2015 award winning festival, a production of the Claiborne Economic Partnership, begins at 8 p.m. Friday and lasts until 9 p.m. Saturday. Live music, exhibits, and vendors will take over the small town of Cumberland Gap for the annual event.
Friday kicks off with the Miss WLTF Pageant in the LMU Convention Center. Live music is continuous from 7-9 p.m. Friday and from noon until 9 p.m. Saturday. Larry Goodwin will take the stage at 7 p.m. Friday followed by Michael Jacobs at 8 p.m.
Saturday begins with the 5K registration at 8 a.m. and the race beginning at 9 a.m. A quilt show in the LMU Convention Center and Arts in the Gap Art Exhibit in the LMU Arts Center both begin at 10 a.m. Taylor Ramsey performs at noon with a Daniel Boone reenactor arriving at 12:30 p.m. The music continues at 1 p.m. with Michael Jacobs, followed by New River at 2 p.m. and Jeffers at 3 p.m. At 3:30 p.m. the Country Girls Line Dance Team will perform before the Classic Car Show begins at 4 p.m. Two more hours of music follows with Tennessee 90 at 4 p.m. and Night Moves at 5 p.m. The Broken Spur Dance Club performs next at 6 p.m. and the night is finished out with Larry Goodwin at 7 p.m. and Southern Sound at 8 p.m.
The White Lightning Trail Festival is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation created to promote the White Lightning Trail which passes through nine East Tennessee counties and to educate the public about our rich cultural heritage through Appalachian arts and crafts, Appalachian Music, cultural demonstrations, books and our Appalachian history.
The festival is a member of the Southeast Festivals and Events Association and has been recognized the past three consecutive years as one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast for June by the Southeast Tourism Society.
To learn more about the White Lightning Trail and the 15 other driving trails that make up the Tennessee trails initiative, visit TNtrailsandbyways.com.