Southeast Tourism Society selects Louie Bluie Music & Arts Festival as ‘STS Top 20 Event’

Southeast Tourism Society has named Campbell County’s own Louie Bluie Music and Arts Festival one of the STS Top 20 Events in the Southeast for 2018.

The 12th Annual Louie Bluie Music and Arts Festival will be held Saturday, Sept. 30, 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Cove Lake State Park, in Caryville, Tenn. Planned and produced by the nonprofit Campbell Culture Coalition and many dedicated volunteers, the Louie Bluie Music and Arts Festival is a community-supported event featuring multiple stages of live music, judged art and quilt show, artisan village, kids’ parade and fun zone, and food vendors. The festival was founded and named after musician and artist Howard “Louie Bluie” Armstrong (1909 – 2003), who grew up and began his musical career in LaFollette, ultimately becoming a world-renowned musician and one of the most acclaimed African-American string band players in history. Armstrong received the NEA’s National Heritage Fellowship and the Tennessee Governor’s Folk Heritage Award.

Travel industry experts select 20 events per month, and STS publicizes them throughout the United States. The complete list is published on two websites: Southeast Tourism Society and Travel Media Press Room. The STS Top 20 Festival and Event Awards have highlighted programs around the Southeast since 1985.

“The Southeast is home to unique and memorable events throughout the year. In spotlighting the Top 20 festivals and events each month, STS is not only giving these events the recognition they deserve but we’re also creating a quick reference guide to some of the best festivals in the Southeast,” said Bill Hardman, president and CEO of the Southeast Tourism Society.  “These events are important to the economic vitality of our communities and this is a way for us to acknowledge the time and resources organizers have tirelessly spent to create memories for their attendees.”

Events considered for the STS Top 20 recognition must be at least three years old and have attendance of at least 1,000.   The online nomination link and submission deadlines are available at or by calling 770-542-1523.

STS, founded in 1983 and headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting tourism to and within 12 states – Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

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