Growing strong since 2013!

The history behind the Barrel Festival:
In 2013, the Town of Coopertown decided to host its first annual Barrel Festival. This was not only to revive the sense of community within the town, but also create awareness of its heritage in the cooperage industry (barrel making) and the present need to raise funds to better the community.

Organized by the Coopertown Community Development Committee (which meets monthly on the 2nd Tuesday at City Hall - new volunteers are always welcome!), the group was excited to boast 180 vendors and over 3,000 attendees at their first event! 


Offering a wealth of vendors, an abundance of food, live music, a Kid's Zone with inflatables, ongoing games of corn hole, checkers, barrel races and bung toss, raffles, historical booths, living history exhibits, tractors, and the "Cooper of the Year" Contest, it was the largest, most positive thing to ever to hit Coopertown! 

With the success of the first Festival, there arose continuous talk and eagerness to relive the event, immediately taking on the next annual Coopertown Barrel Festival.

Over the years, the Barrel Festival has experienced tremendous growth! In 2016, live demonstrations by real coopers was added, a car show was added in 2017 and live demonstrations by a Blacksmith in 2018. Local businesses and churches have taken "ownership" of the Kid's Zone and Old Fashioned Cake Walk and made them bigger than ever imagined! 

The small group of steadfast members of Community Development have learned to operate with a shoestring of dedicated, hardworking volunteers and manage to pull off a successful, sensational, smooth-running event year after year, that just about everyone seems to enjoy.

Fast-forward to 2018, seeing the need for Community Development to be able to do more work in the community, it discussed and created the Coopertown Barrel Festival Board, relinquishing itself of the planning of the Barrel Festival. During the November 2018 Community Development meeting, the Festival Board was Elected. 

To learn more about what the Community Development Committee does, follow us on Facebook or pop into a meeting sometime.

Beginning january 2019, the Festival Board will hold its first regular meeting to begin discussion and delegation of duties, responsibilities and requests of and for volunteers. The Board will meet the second tuesday of each month, January through June of each year throughout the existence of the Festival.