Carter County

Rhododendron Festival a breath of fresh air in Roan Mountain

CARTER COUNTY, Tenn. - The Rhododendron Festival in Roan Mountain has brought visitors to the mountain community since the late 1940's, and they're still coming the third weekend in June to see the lush gardens high atop the mountain.

The blooms may not be as intense as in years past, but that hasn't kept those visitors away.  Especially on a hot day like today when temperatures are in the 90's, because on the mountain it's in the mid-sixties.

The festival is well known across the country. Ken Staples is visiting Roan Mountain. He says, "My wife read about this festival in the paper in the travel section, she said, ‘I've got to go there.' So that's how we ended up here. She's originally from Oregon. They've got a lot of rhododendron out there, so there's a little Oregon for her here."

The weekend will be filled with music, vendors and of course the beautiful views and cooler temperatures.

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