Convention & Visitors Bureau

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You won't believe the fun you can have at the many funfests and festivals that are held in Cookeville.

We have so many local events and celebrations that you'll be having fun all year long! The BlueCross Bowl State Football Championships, Fall FunFest, Appalachian Craft Center Celebration of Crafts, Renaissance Festival and Faire, Irish Road Bowling tournament and Jammin' at Hippie Jack's Americana Music Festival are just a few of the fun must-see events waiting for you in Cookeville, and the national fiddler's championship is held annually just a few miles away in nearby Smithville.

Of course, you'll want to cheer for one of the 19 NCAA teams at Tennessee Tech University. Also, many of our area high schools boast outstanding teams that regularly advance to regional and state tournaments.

Each spring the annual Upper Cumberland Home and Garden Show is a great opportunity to see the latest horticultural techniques and gardening decor. The summer months are heralded by the sounds of the old Stinson band organ - one of only 200 in the country - at the Putnam County Agricultural Fair. Almost a century old, the fair brings together a carnival for the kids and competitions for people of all ages.

If you visit in November, you are in for a treat. Cookeville's annual Christmas parade has been held in November for more than four decades and prides itself in drawing more than 200 entrants and almost 100,000 viewers, either in-person or via televised broadcast.  

Cookeville-Putnam County makes it easy to stay and play, offering visitors 1,400 hotel rooms, more than 100 eateries and a wide assortment of boutiques, galleries and retail stores, all conveniently located off Interstate 40. So what are you waiting for? Come celebrate with us!

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Try the 3-mile fun run before feasting at a barbecue competition, then catch some live music, try some family-friendly games and shop for locally crafted artwork. There's a reason Cookeville's Fall FunFest has been described as the event with "something for everyone."
Held by CityScape on the Cookeville Courthouse Square, this event is Cookeville's Main Street festival, combining crafts and entertainment with WCTE-TV's Stations of Imagination for young children and the Cookeville Cook-Off barbecue competition. Barbecue teams from all parts of the country come to compete.
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The annual BlueCross Bowl State Football Championships, held each December at Tennessee Tech University's Tucker Stadium, feature the best of the best in high school athletics competing for the state title. Fans from across the state and beyond converge to cheer on their teams and enjoy all that Cookeville and the Upper Cumberland have to offer.
TTU Sports
With 15 NCAA Division I sports programs, Tennessee Tech is home to all the athletic action you can handle. Catch a football game inside newly renovated Tucker Stadium or big-time college basketball inside the Hooper Eblen Center. The university also fields highly competitive baseball, softball, soccer, volleyball, tennis, golf, track, cross country and rifle teams.
Christmas Parade
Each year, more than 30,000 spectators line the streets of Cookeville for one of the largest Christmas parades in the Southeast. Floats, marching bands, old-timey characters and, of course, Santa Claus greet the young and the young-at-heart. The parade takes place the last week of November.
Putnam County Fair
Music, midway and more, this almost century-old-event is held each summer and is a favorite of many. The fair offers carnival rides, beauty pageants, a rodeo, livestock and poultry competition, western dance competitions, a strongman competition, a quarter/walking horse show, motorcycle racing, demolition derby, gospel singing and much, much more, all at low or no cost.

Cookeville-Putnam County Convention & Visitors Bureau • One West First Street • Cookeville, TN 38501
Toll-Free: 800-264-5541 • Local: 931-526-2211 • Fax: 931-526-4023
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