(WBIR- Cocke County) The Popcorn Sutton Memorial Jam is being held in Newport, Tenn. this year, an area Popcorn's friends referred to as his "stomping grounds."
The event has been in Maggie Valley, N.C. the past four years and started with 400 people, said Pam Sutton, Popcorn Sutton's widow. Last year, more than 10,000 people attended. Sutton said she is aiming for 5,000 people this year but hopes to increase that number in the future.
The event brings people from all across the country who want to hear more about the moonshine legend. Angel Fowler, owner of Angel's Wood Stove Home Cookin' and friend of Popcorn, said she hopes the festival will boost the economy in Cocke County.
"It brings in tourism dollars," she said. "We have people coming into our community staying in hotels, hopefully eating in our food establishments here."
Sutton said she is glad to be able to bring the festival home, where Popcorn would have wanted it.
"I have everything within a 10 mile radius of me," she said. "I've got Popcorn and the distillery and the jam within a 10 mile radius of me, and it's home. And that's where I want to keep it."
Popcorn is known for making moonshine, but it will not be sold at the jam, Sutton said. Beer is available for purchase, she said.
More than 20 bands are in the lineup, and more than 30 art and food vendors will be at the festival held at the Cocke County fairgrounds.
The jam will continue Saturday and Sunday with gates opening at 10 a.m. Ticket are $5 per person.