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Updated: May 18, 2022

Tennessee Mountain Laurel Festival Press Release


George Hawver

MCTA Public Information Officer


MCTA to host Tennessee Mountain Laurel Festival May 20-21, 2022

Wartburg, Tennessee – The Mountain Laurel is calling and you must come! Spring has sprung on the Cumberland Plateau and planning is underway for the 7th Anniversary of the region’s highly anticipated Tennessee Mountain Laurel Festival to be held May 20-21 on the Courthouse Square in Wartburg, Tennessee. Sponsored by the Morgan County Tourism Alliance, the Festival has events and activities for people of all ages and interests.

Hike MoCo is organizing the Tennessee Mountain Laurel Festival Hiking Marathon in the weeks leading up to the festival weekend, beginning March 19. Participants have until May 21 to complete the miles needed to qualify for the level of participation they select (half marathon, full marathon or ultra marathon). An award will be given to the hiker who completes the most miles and all hikers who sign up by April 15 will receive a t-shirt. There will also be a separate photography contest.

The weekend festivities begin on Friday May 20 at 6 PM on the Courthouse Square with the MoCo Mutts Pet Parade followed by a concert by the Southern Steel Band from 7-9 PM, concluding with a fireworks display by The Brushy Mountain Group.

Saturday’s activities kick off with the 2nd Annual Tennessee Mountain Laurel Festival 5K Ridge Run. The run begins and ends at the Morgan County Visitor Center, 3804 Morgan County Highway in Wartburg. Registration and runner packet pick up can be made on site beginning at 7 AM. The race will begin promptly at 8 AM. For online registration, visit

On Saturday, the Courthouse Square and surrounding streets will be packed with vendors, food trucks and games and activities, including corn hole, putt putt golf, kids games and a new Water Spray Tunnel to cool off. The Silent Auction has a wide variety of items to bid on for purchase. Live musical performances will be held throughout the day. The 62 Ale Trail which consists of the county’s three breweries (MoCo Brewing Project, Lilly Pad Hopyard Brewery and The Beer Barn) will host a beer tasting at the MoCo Brewing Project, 513 Court Street across from the Courthouse beginning at 10 AM. Historic Rugby, Inc will be offering a Tea Tasting with Scones at the Historic Tanner Cafe from 11 AM to 2 PM. They will also bring their antique printing press and you can print your very own 2022 Tennessee Mountain Laurel Souvenir T-shirt onsite. The Historic Tanners Cafe will also be serving ice cream and tours of the newly restored building.

The Tennessee Mountain Laurel Car Show will be held on the square from 10 AM to 5 PM. Register your car or come view those on display.

We invite you to come and be a part of this year’s Tennessee Mountain Laurel Festival. Go to for more information and we hope to see you here!

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