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By JUDY UNDERWOOD
Morgan County News Editor
Hundreds of folks have been coming to Wartburg the last few years to enjoy Discovery Fest and this version will be showcased on Saturday.
Kingston Street will be blocked and food and craft vendors will be set up along the street in front of Wartburg City Hall. Vendors are scheduled to be in place from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
In addition local artists will take the stage on the gazebo throughout the day. Performers will feature gospel, country, bluegrass and Americana music.
As in years past, the event is sponsored by the Emory River Watershed Association and will include a 30-foot mobile climbing wall and several outdoor recreational activities.
According to David Brill with the association, rock climbing is one of America’s fastest growing sports and the Obed Wild and Scenic River gorge offers more than 400 climbing routes.
A free rock climbing clinic will be offered. Equipment will be provided. Those wanting to participate in the clinic should meet at the courthouse at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday.
If you are an equestrian and want to ride the local trails at Lone Mountain State Forest, a guided ride will leave the forestry headquarters at 9:30 a.m.
The ride will last about two hours and will cover the 15 miles of trails available in the forest.
Brill also touts Morgan County as a paddlers’ paradise. The Obed system offers some 45 miles of navigable water.
Discovery Fest will offer free orientation classes for the beginning kayaker. Equipment and instruction will be provided by the East Tennessee Whitewater Club. Participants should meet at the courthouse at 9:30 a.m.
And finally, you can enjoy the wildflowers blooming along the Obed River during a guided wildflower hike. The hike will be in the Obed River gorge and participants will meet at the courthouse at 9:30 a.m.
Discovery Fest is organized and hosted by the Morgan County Chamber of Commerce and the Emory River Watershed Association.
The festival is free to the public and local residents are encouraged to come out and participate in this event celebrating the natural beauty of Morgan County.
For more information you may contact the Chamber at (423) 346-5740 or Tiffany Foster at (865) 632-1330 or email Foster at firstname.lastname@example.org.