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Tennessee Mountain Laurel Festival Press Release

Updated: Mar 21, 2023

By Vicki Simpson - Co-Chair & PIO


MCTA to host the 8th Annual Tennessee Mountain Laurel Festival May 19-20, 2023.

Wartburg, Tennessee – Spring has sprung on the Cumberland Plateau and planning is underway for the 8th Anniversary of the region’s highly anticipated Tennessee Mountain Laurel Festival to be held May 19-20 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 kicked off the Tennessee Mountain Laurel Hiking Marathons on Saturday, March 18th. Registration form, trail list, and log sheet are available on-line through April 15th at Hikers will hike their marathon (half-13 miles; full -26 miles; or ultra-100+ miles) by May 20th, festival day. Keep checked in at Hike MoCo on Facebook for details and organized hikes. Email us at if you have questions.

The weekend festivities begin with a Street Fest on Friday May 19 at 5 PM EST near the Courthouse Square concluding with fireworks display by The Brushy Mountain Group at 9 PM.

Saturday’s activities kick off with the 2nd Annual Tennessee Mountain Laurel Festival 5K Ridge Run at 8 a.m. The run begins and ends at the Morgan County Visitor Center, 3804 Morgan County Highway in Wartburg. Sign up can be done on up to the day before the race and registration at the race site the day of the race.

On Saturday, the Courthouse Square and surrounding streets will be packed with vendors, food trucks, games, and other activities. A Silent Auction will have a wide variety of items to bid on for purchase. Live musical performances will be held throughout the day. Historic Rugby, Inc will be bringing their antique printing press and you can print your very own 2023 Tennessee Mountain Laurel Souvenir T-shirt onsite. The Historic Tanners Cafe will also be serving ice cream on Friday night and will have a full menu on Saturday.

The Tennessee Mountain Laurel Car Show will be held on the square from 10 AM to 2 PM. Register your car or come view those on display.

We invite you to come and experience this year’s Tennessee Mountain Laurel Festival. Find us on Facebook - @tennesseemountainlaurelfestival, Instagram - @tnmtlaurelfest or go to our website - for more information and we are looking forward to seeing you here!

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