Ten­nessee Tiny House Fes­ti­val rolls into Audubon Acres this week­end.

Chattanooga Times Free Press - ChattanoogaNow - - FRONT PAGE - BY SU­SAN PIERCE STAFF WRITER Con­tact Su­san Pierce at spierce@times­freep­ress.com or 423757-6284.

Forty tiny homes will roll into Audubon Acres in East Brain­erd this week­end for the 2017 Ten­nessee Tiny House Fes­ti­val, Satur­day and Sun­day, Sept. 9-10.

Or­ga­nized by John and Fin Ker­nohan, United Tiny House As­so­ci­a­tion founders, this will be the state’s first Tiny House Fes­ti­val, but oth­ers have been held in Ge­or­gia, New Jersey and Florida — the lat­ter set­ting a record with 60,000 vis­i­tors. Ker­nohan at­tributes the boom in pop­u­lar­ity of tiny houses to the pop­u­lar­ity of tele­vi­sion shows about the move­ment.

Kyle Simp­son, Audubon Acres ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor, says the wildlife sanc­tu­ary will not be open to the gen­eral pub­lic dur­ing the fes­ti­val, only to those at­tend­ing the event. The wildlife sanc­tu­ary will host spe­cial events — such as liv­ing-his­tory demon­stra­tions in Spring Frog Cabin — to wel­come vis­i­tors who might not or­di­nar­ily visit.

Simp­son said the fes­ti­val will be lo­cated in the meadow on the left as vis­i­tors en­ter the prop­erty, and some homes will be in the or­chard be­hind Spring Frog Cabin.

Ev­ery Tiny House fes­ti­val pro­motes aware­ness of the tiny house move­ment while rais­ing funds for lo­cal non­prof­its. The man­ner in which the Ker­nohans dis­trib­ute pro­ceeds is a model for event or­ga­niz­ers that makes vol­un­teers more in­vested in the suc­cess of the event. Ev­ery vol­un­teer des­ig­nates their fa­vorite char­ity and a $10 do­na­tion per hour worked is made to that non­profit fol­low­ing each

fes­ti­val, ex­plains Ker­nohan.

Fundrais­ing will also take place at this event for the build­ing of a tiny house that will be do­nated to a Texas fam­ily dis­placed by Hur­ri­cane Har­vey.

The Ten­nessee Tiny House Fes­ti­val will fea­ture tiny homes, mi­cro houses, schoolies and vin­tage campers. Fri­day is an ed­u­ca­tional day for school­child­ren; Satur­day and Sun­day of­fer speak­ers, how-to tips, pan­els of ex­perts for the pub­lic as well as food trucks, mu­sic and chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties. There will also be free screen­ings of the doc­u­men­tary “Liv­ing Tiny Legally.

The week­end fun kicks off Fri day with a Free School Day for stu­dents from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. As part of that, Su­san Schaefer Bernardo, au­thor of “The Big Ad­ven­tures of Tiny House,” will hold an in­ter­ac­tive ses­sion with stu­dents at 11 a.m.

School Day of­fers free ad­mis sion only to pub­lic, pri­vate and home-schooled stu­dents and their teach­ers/chap­er­ones, who must have reg­is­tered in ad­vance. Stu dents must be K-12 to at­tend this free day.

Fri­day night’s ses­sion from 5

to 8 p.m. is free to all ages and the pub­lic is in­vited to en­joy mu­sic from Ar­ray of Light at 7:30 p.m., meet ven­dors and builders and check out the tiny houses.

Tiny House Chat­tanooga will have up to four Tiny Houses on-site. The lo­cal com­pany won Best in Show at the New Jersey Tiny House Fes­ti­val and at the na­tional jam­boree, says Ker­nohan. Owner Mike Bed­sole will be Sun­day’s key­note speaker.

Through­out Satur­day and Sun­day, there will be chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties, con­ces­sion sales and all tiny houses open for pe­rusal. Austin Zackary will per­form both af­ter­noons as will Ar­ray of Light. Keegan Fam­ily Band plays Satur­day at 10 a.m.; Corey Rose per­forms Sun­day at 12:45 p.m.

Due to lim­ited park­ing on-site, free shut­tles will run from the Hamil­ton Place area to Audubon Acres. As of press time, pickup/ drop-off lo­ca­tion was still be­ing de­ter­mined. How­ever, signs will be posted at the des­ig­nated lo­ca­tion.


A log ex­te­rior gives this tiny house a rus­tic look.

This Tiny House of Chat­tanooga model fea­tures French doors to in­crease nat­u­ral light­ing


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