A wide variety of singing and dancing entertainment has been scheduled for the 18th Annual Iris Festival on Saturday and Sunday, May 19-20, in downtown Greeneville.
The event will take place on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.
Saturday's singing entertainment will kick off at 10 a.m. with the Community Children's Chorus of Greeneville.
This chorus has been in existence for four years and includes two groups of local students ranging in age from 4 to 16 years old.
The mission of the chorus, according to a spokesman, is to give children exceptional choral music instruction, as well as performance opportunities that foster creativity, personal expression and social development.
The music is varied in style, including pop, Broadway, classic and folk tunes.
The chorus is led by Angelia Woody and accompanied by Whitney Ball.
The Fabulous 50's will hit the stage at 11:15 a.m. This group of 15-20 local performers lip sync to music of the 1950s and early 1960s.
Proceeds from their more than 300 shows across the East Tennessee region since 1993 have been donated to charity.
At 12:30 p.m., The Great Smoky Mountain Bluegrass Band will fill the festival area with the sounds of bluegrass.
In less than a year's time, this group has performed in a five-state area, and appeared at major festivals and bluegrass venues such as the Bill Monroe Birthday Festival in Rosine, Ky., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Va., and RA Fountain in Fountain, N.C.
They have become a monthly feature on Bill Knowlton's Bluegrass Ramble from Syracuse, N.Y., one of the best-known bluegrass radio shows in the nation.
They have also appeared throughout the country, have opened for major acts of bluegrass, have written songs for several other bands, have recorded a number of CDs and have established themselves among the foremost traditional bluegrass musicians around, a news release stated.
Scheduled at 1:45 p.m. are The Foundations, a gospel group widely known for their passionate presentation of the gospel in song. A family group that calls Greeneville home, they provide a mixed male/female Southern gospel sound.
Savannah Faith, the 2010 WIKQ Youth Talent Contest winner at the Greene County Fair, returns to Greene County from Kentucky to sing on the Iris Festival stage at 3 p.m.
She has sung in many competitions in the last 10 years, including the Tennessee Country Music Association competition and North American Country Music Association International, where she has won titles and awards for female vocalist and entertainer of the year.
She was the opening act for headliner country music star Jeff Bates at Renfro Valley and has performed shows with country music artist Bobby G. Rice, as well as at numerous fairs and festivals through southeastern Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee.
Country music artists The Mason Dixon Boys will close out Saturday's singing entertainment with a one-hour performance beginning at 4:15 p.m.
Lance Huffman and Larry McMurray have been singing together for approximately 10 years and perform a wide range of modern and classic country songs, as well as traditional bluegrass.
They have appeared at various shows and festivals throughout Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, including the Appalachian Fair, Rogersville Heritage Days, Bush Mill Days, Miss Kingsport Pageant and Kingsport Showtime.
They were also featured on a segment of the CBS Early Show.
Opening the Sunday performances at noon will be the Pebo Wilson Band.
Born in the mountains of East Tennessee to a family of musicians, Pebo Wilson learned to play country music with such influences as Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson.
He has opened for such acts as Vern Gosdin, B. J. Thomas and T.G. Shepard. Other members of the band include Mike Dearing, Thomas Tesnear and Alfred Ball.
Gospel Group McNally Music Ministries will perform at 1:30 p.m. Formed in September 2010, the group is composed of Darrell and Sina McNally, Josh Knight and Dwayne Shelton.
The Foundations return to the festival stage for a Sunday performance at 2:45 p.m.
At 4 p.m., the Nolichucky River Band will present an hour of traditional bluegrass and acoustic music.
The band consists of Eric Bowman on banjo and singing lead, Maynard Shelton playing mandolin and singing baritone and lead, Charlie Phillips playing guitar and singing lead and tenor, and Phil Hensley on bass and singing tenor and lead.
Bowman and Shelton are lifelong residents of Greene County, and Phillips lives in Bowmantown in Washington County while Hensley resides in Sullivan County.
The band performs at various local and regional venues and completed its first album last summer.
The schedule for the dancing stage is as follows: Saturday 10 a.m., Roby Swingers; 10:45 a.m., Dandylines; 11:30 a.m., Gold Edition; 12:15 p.m. Trailblazer Cloggers; 1 p.m., MainStreet Dance Company; 1:45 p.m., Stoney Creek Cloggers; 2:30 p.m., Lynn Garden Dancers; 3:15 p.m., Kickin' It Country; and 4 p.m., Tennessee Foothill Cloggers.
Sunday's lineup includes East Tennessee Twirling Academy at noon; 12:45 p.m., Dancers Unlimited; 1:30 p.m., Winter & Company; 2:15 p.m., Trailblazer Cloggers; 3 p.m., Stoney Creek Cloggers; and 3:45 p.m., Phase 3.
Sponsors for the entertainment include Consumer Credit Union, DTR Tennessee, the Greeneville Astros and McInturff, Milligan & Brooks Insurance.
Major sponsors for the festival are CenturyLink, 11 Connects, Grand Rental Station, The Greeneville Sun, Parker Hannifin, Takoma Regional Hospital, Wal-Mart Super Center, and WGRV/WIKQ/WSMG.
To apply for a booth space or obtain more information on the various aspects of the festival, call the Partnership at 423-638-4111 or email (email@example.com)