The Elizabethton Carter County Chamber of Commerce and the Covered Bridge Committee are pleased to announce the 2017 Covered Bridge Celebration in Downtown Elizabethton!
The event will be held June 8-10. While entertainment will be held nightly; vendors will be selling on Friday and Saturday beginning at 10am.
On Thursday, June 8th music will begin at 6pm and we will close out that evening with Carson Peters and Iron Mountain. Carson Peters started playing the fiddle at the age of 3. At 12 years old, Carson is a seasoned performer playing numerous venues with his band throughout the region; Bristol Rhythm and Roots, Dollywood’s Bluegrass and BBQ, Asheville’s Bluegrass First Class, Song of the Mountains, Carter Family Fold and WDVX’s World Class Bluegrass concert series to name a few. Carson has also had the honor of playing on national TV as a guest on NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Little Big Shots with Steve Harvey, as well as play with Jimmy Fortune on the floor of the Tennessee State Senate. On March 28, 2014, Carson’s dream of playing on the Grand Ole Opry stage was realized when he was invited by Ricky Skaggs to come perform with him and his band, Kentucky Thunder. In May of the same year, Carson was asked to make a reappearance at the Opry, but this time with his own band. On July 31, 2014, Carson made his Ryman Auditorium debut playing again with Ricky Skaggs during the 2014 Bluegrass Nights series. Since these appearances, Carson and his band have performed numerous occasions on the Opry Show.
On Friday, June 9th our full festival will begin at 10am with all arts/crafts, food vendors and kid’s attractions open for business! Music will begin at 5pm on Friday and will close out with Blue Highway. A highly-esteemed bluegrass band, Blue Highway has earned a collective 26 IBMA Awards, 6 SPBGMA Awards, one Dove Award, plus three Grammy nominations as a band, in addition to two prestigious Grammy Awards among its current members. Blue Highway was voted the Favorite Bluegrass Artist of All Time by the readers of Bluegrass Today in April 2016.
The Chamber is excited to announce that Grammy Award Winner, Suzy Bogguss will be closing out the festival on Saturday, June 10th. Suzy’s accomplishments include ten albums for Capitol Records, one of which has been certified platinum and three others, gold. Eight of her singles have cracked country music’s top 5. Suzy is the recipient of a GRAMMY award as well as several awards from the Academy of Country Music, The Country Music Association, CMT, and ASCAP.
Saturday will feature some of our favorite events like local dancers, the Little Mr. and Miss Hillbilly Contest and the Covered Bridge 5k Run/3k walk. Not only will Suzy Bogguss be closing out the festival in musical entertainment on Saturday night, but there will also be a beautiful Fireworks Display created by Dynamic Effects sponsored by Snap-on Tools after her performance.