The Nillie Bipper Creative Arts Festival is always held on the first full weekend in October. This is the festival’s 43rd year. Its tongue-twister name is a play on founder Billie Nipper’s name.
Children will stay busy and be entertained with the Cow Train Express (making its first appearance at the festival), face painting, balloons, pony rides and the petting zoo, which will include goats, sheep, horses, rabbits and exotic birds.
Animals in the petting zoo are rescued through PALS. The keeper of the zoo is Deanna Phillips.
Also available for the younger set will be handmade clothing and Crayon and apron bags.
The main stage will present entertainment throughout the two-day festival. Bob Cruden is the show’s entertainment director.
At 11 a.m. on Saturday, the vocal and instrumental duet of Stormy and Adrian will offer an eclectic mix of acoustic jazz, folk and Americana.
The exhibitor awards and recognition will be given at noon, followed by the Connie Davis group — children’s song and dance review — at 1 p.m.
The Chattanooga Kids On The Block will present puppetry with a message at 2 p.m. At 2:30 p.m., “Accepting Differences,” a tribute to Elvis, will be given.
The Roaring 50s take the state at 3 p.m. with its musical review of dancers and singers.
Throughout the day, the ASK Karate-Kung Fu Group will demonstrate.
Selected recorded music will begin Sunday morning at 10 followed by the ASK group with a choreographed demonstration of music.
At noon, the country gospel and bluegrass singers, Heartstrings, will perform followed at 1 p.m. by David James, vocalist and guitarist.
The Suzuki Strings (children’s string ensemble) directed by Celia Shaneyfelt will be presented at 2 p.m. At 3 p.m., the Cleveland Middle School dance team “High Energy” girls competitive dancers will entertain on the main stage.
Professional accordionist Lisa McGarvey will perform in costume at 3:30 p.m. with Frank Hermann and his polkacello.