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Posted on: June 1, 2018

Southeast Tourism Society Selects Uncle Dave Macon Days Festival as 'STS Top 20 Event'

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Southeast Tourism Society has named Uncle Dave Macon Days Festival once again as one of the STS Top 20 Events in the Southeast for July 2018.

The long running festival will be held on July 13th and 14th in Murfreesboro at Cannonsburgh Village. Uncle Dave Macon Days will host bluegrass royalty when the award-winning Rhonda Vincent takes the stage as winner of this year’s Trailblazer Award.

This family-oriented event gathers more than 25,000 people annually to Rutherford County for a hearty helping of fun and southern hospitality. Slated as one of the most dynamic music festivals in the Southeast, Uncle Dave Macon Days has been honored with numerous awards in its 41 years of existence.

“Each year the Uncle Dave Macon Days Festival generates approximately $1.2 million dollars towards tourism economic impact in just two days,” says Barbara Wolke, Senior Vice President of the Rutherford County Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We are thankful that this festival is held right here in the heart of Tennessee and that it continues to be considered one of America's premier summer festivals.”

The STS Top 20 Festival and Event Awards have highlighted programs around the Southeast since 1985. “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,” says Bill Hardman, president and CEO of the Southeast Tourism Society.

About Uncle Dave Macon Days Festival

Uncle Dave Macon Days is a musical festival which honors traditional American music and the career of the first superstar of the Grand Ole Opry and Country Music Hall of Famer, Uncle Dave Macon. The event began as a one-day pickin’ banjo contest, the brainchild of Murfreesboro businessman, Jesse Messick, who wanted to have an event to attract business into the downtown area. For over 40 years, this down-home, shade-tree pickin' festival has evolved into the National Championships for Old-time Banjo and Old-Time Clogging and Buckdancing as designated by the US Congress in 1986.

About Southeast Tourism Society

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.

For more information, contact Shana Miller, Convention & Visitors Bureau, 615-278-2389 or smiller@rutherfordchamer.org.

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