Forest Festival Chairperson Tina Garrison cuts the ribbon to open the 2018 Tennessee Forest Festival in the Luez Theatre, which is hosting the Forest Festival Art Show and Contest.  Photo by Erica Garrison

It’s Forest Festival Week

With a snip of the scissors, the Tennessee Forest Festival came back after an eleven-year layoff.
“I very proud that we have succeeded in reviving the Tennessee Forest Festival and keeping it in Hardeman County,” said Hardeman County Mayor Jimmy Sain. “It is a great tribute to the men and women in one of the state’s largest industries.”
On the opening weekend, Callie Diggs was crowned Queen of the festival. (see A2 for pageant results)
The final weekend will feature a golf tournament, various competitions, the lumberjack breakfast, the Forest Festival Parade, presentation of the art awards, and more. See A2 for complete schedule.
Chairperson Tina Garrison said the revival is important, but the public is needed.
“The Tennessee Forest Festival is a free community event full of family fun as well as an informative experience about the importance of our forestry industry to the West Tennessee economy. With help from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, we will have fun activities, a parade, equipment and so much more. Now all we need is you,” she said.