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Museum of Appalachia HomecomingClinton, TN -- What do bluegrass music, antiques and all terrain vehicles have in common? They will be featured at three premier events happening in Anderson County, Tennessee this October. The 34th annual Tennessee Fall Homecoming, October 11-13, 2013 at the Museum of Appalachia, will feature more than 400 bluegrass and traditional musicians, singers, cloggers, and buck dancers.

“The three-day Homecoming is one of the nation’s largest, most authentic music and folk festivals,” said Elaine Meyer, Executive Director at the Museum of Appalachia. “Each day, all day, musicians perform on five unique stages, filling the air with bluegrass, old-time, Southern Gospel and Americana music.”

The Homecoming includes historic demonstrations of mountain skills, Revolutionary War and Civil War encampments, and a large arts and crafts fair featuring authentic Appalachian artisans. Pinto beans cooked over an open fire, home-made ice cream, Dutch oven cobbler, sassafras tea and bar-b-que, are some of the southern delicacies available for purchase.

Making their first appearance at Homecoming are Blue Highway, The Box Cars, Chris Jones & The Night Drivers and The Dale Ann Bradley Band. The 2013 lineup also includes returning favorites, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, The Grascals, Blue Moon Rising, and Brand New Strings, plus scores of local and regional performers.

Just five miles down the road from the Homecoming, Market and Main Street in Historic Downtown Clinton will be closed to thru traffic for the 13th Annual Clinch River Antiques Festival. The Festival begins with a kickoff party on Friday evening, October 11th from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. There will be plenty of food and live musical entertainment and it will be the perfect time to explore the over 20 antique and unique shops that will be open late for the event. The next morning, Saturday, October 12th from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., over 75 antique dealers and artisans from all over East Tennessee, Kentucky and Virginia will line the streets.

If you have ever wondered what your grandmother’s antique figure is worth, an antique appraiser will be on hand to your appraise your personal treasures. There will also be antique cars on display, live entertainment, an antique tractor exhibit and a wide variety of food for the family. Over 5,000 off-roading enthusiasts will descend on Windrock Park from October 17 to 19, 2013 to mud bog, drag race and rock crawl which is all part of the Park's Fall Jamboree.

“ATVers will be able to take a guided trail ride and then sign up for one of the competitions like the poker run or the ATV rodeo,” said Brent Galloway, General Manager of Windrock Park. “There is also the Windrock Wide Open and the Windrock Challenge which are two different races.”

Spectators can watch the competitions then the ladies can jump in the Dash for Cash, which involves racing across a mud pit for a pile of cash. There will even be a haunted trail ride and bonfire to conclude the first night.

Windrock Park is home to over 300 miles of off-road vehicle trails that range from easy gravel roads to extreme rock crawls and climbs to over 3,200 feet in elevation. There is onsite camping and plenty of other lodging close by. If you don’t have an off-road vehicle, don’t worry, rentals are available.

For information on all three of these events, visit http://www.yallcome.org or call 800-524-3602.

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