Greene County

Greeneville Iris Festival draws thousands to city

Greeneville Iris Festival

It brings a community together, and for the past 20 years it continues to return to the streets of Greeneville.

The 20th annual Iris Festival took place Saturday and Sunday.

"Its great local people. There's history here in downtown. It's just a nice festival to come to," says Amanda Hope, owner of Grann's Gourmet Apples.

It's an opportunity for local vendors like Hope to fill the streets and get to know people in their community. "This is up there as one of the top five events to do here in Greeneville," Hope adds. "We have the impact and of course all the area high schools that have their local events. But as far as events go, this is one of the biggest and best to come to if you want to be outdoors and enjoy the weather and meet new people."

"It's important for the local area to bring people together and to have somewhere to go, get out and enjoy the weather, our local crafts and just really have a great time," says Linda Hartsock.

It is a great time, especially for festival coordinator Vickie Andrew. She says they have over 130 vendors this year. "This is the major event for Greene County. We coordinate the entire event and it's one of our major fundraisers of the year for the partnership," says Andrew.

Vendors like Hope say it's the partnership that has kept her coming back for the past ten years. "This weekend is probably one of the top ten that I've had here," says Hope. "I'd say top three out of ten at least. It's been a great weekend."

For others, this weekend's become a tradition and a chance to get out and enjoy themselves. "We try to come here every year. And the food, we like the food. And of course the music you can hear in the background," says Wayne Nortunen.

The coordinators of the event say this weekend draws in thousands of people from around the area.

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