The 2020/2021 Collectible Print is here!

“Cutting Time” by Betty Bullen

Tobacco was the primary cash crop for farmers.  It was a year long process usually starting in February with burning the tobacco beds and sowing the seeds.  Long white canvas was stretched over those beds to protect the young tender plants.  Come May those plants would be pulled from the beds and planted in rows in the ‘backker patch,’  The summer work ahead would include plowing, hoeing, suckering, topping, and worming those plants…..all done by hand.  Most young men and a few young ladies can remember the blackish/brown wax buildup on their hands from working in the tobacco.  In late summer those plants would  be head-high and start turning from a well recognized tobacco green to ripe yellow.  That was “Cutting Time.”

Then Union county farmers would “take a country road” to Tazewell or Knoxville to sell their tobacco.

Purchase the 2021 print and past prints at the Snodderly House (720 Main Street) and Booth Space # 64-65 in Wilson Park on Festival Day, October 2.

The Courthouse and 33Bridge are true collector items and are sold out.

Purchase past year’s prints now at:

The Winery at Seven Springs Farm, 1474 Highway 61 E., 865-745-2902,

Janet’s Hair & Nail Salon, 3625 Maynardville Hwy, 865-992-4604

or online at

Cost: $20 each

Earlier Festival prints                                                                                                                                      2019 Collectible Print is “Going to the Union County Opry”

2018 Collectible Print is “Fiddlin’ Around”                                                                                    

2017 Collectible Print is “Coming Home”