Smithville Jamboree

Tennessee State Fiddlers' Jamboree & Crafts Festival



Fiddle music is a traditional element of square dancing; photo by Gary Millar on Flickr (use permitted with attribution).

Smithville Fiddlers' Jamboree & Crafts Festival

The annual Smithville Fiddlers’ Jamboree & Crafts Festival was designated in 1997 as the official jamboree and crafts festival of Tennessee.

Event coordinator Neil Dudney said, “What we are trying to do is preserve the old time Appalachian music that our forefathers brought over here and came down through these hollars and hills..."

The annual event features hundreds of musicians, homemade crafts, and a variety of foods. Music categories include:

Old-time Appalachian Folk
Bluegrass Banjo
Buck Dancing
Dulcimer, Mountain and Hammer
Old-time Fiddle
Country Harmonica
Old-time Gospel Singing
Novelty Events (Spoon Clacking, Jug Blowing, Washboard, Tub, Saws, Appalachian-related only)