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Date: 3/20/2020

Blount Partnership Announces Townsend Spring Festival Cancelation and Facility Changes

In response to the COVID-19 cononavirus outbreak, and in what the Blount Partnership sees is the best interest of our visitors, employees and community, the Townsend Spring Festival scheduled for May 1-2 at the Townsend Visitor Center is canceled. The event will not be rescheduled.


Resources will now be devoted to putting on the annual fall event, Sept. 25-26.


Sponsors, crafters, food vendors and entertainers will be contacted to complete cancelation details.


“We are deeply saddened for the cancelation of the Townsend Spring Festival and know how much it means to the Townsend community to have this annual event,” said Blount Partnership President/CEO Bryan Daniels. “We will now devote those resources to continue to make the fall event successful.”


Additionally, the Blount Partnership’s office in Maryville and the Visitor Center in Townsend, will suspend public entry into the facilities from March 21 through April 1.


Blount Partnership staff will continue to provide services via phone and email daily from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.


The Blount Partnership main office in Maryville can be reached at 865-983-2241, while the Townsend Visitor Center phone number is 865-448-6134. The email address is


“It is not without great hesitation that we closed public access to our facilities,” said Daniels. “Visitors and community members constantly use the facilities for meetings and places to gather information while visiting the area. We will continue to answer phone calls and emails while directing inquiries to our websites for answers.”