Smithville Fiddlers’ Jamboree and Crafts Festival

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Photo courtesy Smithville-Dekalb Chamber of Commerce

Tap your toes to the sweet sound of bluegrass music at the Smithville Fiddlers’ Jamboree and Crafts Festival.

This annual festival began as a way to celebrate Independence Day and continues the tradition every year on the weekend closest to July 4. The two-day event features craft booths, barbecue, Southern-fried delicacies and lots of live music, with competitions for everything from bluegrass banjo to country harmonica. You can’t enjoy music without putting on your dancing shoes, and the jamboree also features championships for clogging, buck dancing and old-time Appalachian flatfoot, the latter of which sees competitors from four generations of the same family.

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Photo courtesy Smithville-Dekalb Chamber of Commerce

Smithville has the honor of being both the Official State of Tennessee Jamboree and Craft Festival and the Official National Jamboree and Craft Festival. Several now-famous musicians got their start at the jamboree at an early age, including Jamie Dailey of multi-Grammy Award nominated bluegrass duo Dailey & Vincent and Grammy Award nominated fiddle player Michael Cleveland.

This year’s festival takes place July 6-7, 2018, at the Town Square in Smithville. For more information, visit or call (615) 597-8500.


  1. Bobby Mullins

    April 1, 2018 at 7:59 am

    Jus a doin a little bonk


    July 16, 2018 at 4:49 pm

    “You Are Not Welcome Here” ADA Access To Music Festivals And Other Outdoor Venues By David Ferleger provided an excellent article. I too am disabled and would have loved to attend the Smithville July 4 festival but the last time I attended was too difficult for me to manage. It would be great if accommodation could be made for the truly disabled not just one of the thousands displaying handicap decals. All too many people take advantage of parking for the disabled. Thanks, Bill White

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