The Webb School Craft Fair is a Bell Buckle tradition since the 1970s. This fair has grown to accommodate approximately 120,000 visitors each year, and takes place on the third Saturday of the month of October (and corresponding Sunday). As our church is located between the downtown area and the Webb School, we are located in the center of the largest event of the year!! So it is our desire to serve our neighbors who are visiting from around the country to participate in the festivities.
- Handicap parking: At Bell Buckle UMC, our parking lot is in the very middle of the fair, which goes on for a couple of miles' worth of walking. Therefore, we endeavor to assist those who have handicap parking decals to park closer to the event. We charge no fee for patrons on Saturday and Sunday for this service! But come early--in 2017, our parking was full by around 7AM!
- Free breakfast: Both Saturday and Sunday morning is very busy, particularly for the vendors. Therefore we open our fellowship hall to provide free breakfast for anyone who comes and gets it complete with eggs, sausage, biscuits, coffee, etc. We won't even bug you for money!
- Flushable toilets: Everyone's favorite offering by our church, we open our doors for the general public to use our modern, flushing toilets with running water. The line sometimes gets long during the day, but we work as hard as we can to minimize the wait time. And you don't even have to bring your own toilet paper!!
- Prayer booth: We not only wish you an exciting outing, but pray for each person who attends the fair for months before and afterwards. Should you find yourself in need of specific prayer, a Bible, or someone to talk to regarding spiritual matters, we have a prayer booth on the main road and are very happy to be there for you--even if you aren't part of our community! We have congregants who speak English, Spanish, and Portuguese, in case there are foreign visitors in need.
- Sanctuary tours: Our building from 1893 is quite the attraction, and with the oldest continually-operative pipe organ in Tennessee, it's worth taking a break from the fair to see. Both days of the fair we have a local historian-resident in charge of providing free tours of our historic building. Just note that in order to take advantage, you must go to the front of the building to enter!
- Vendor space: We have significant space on Maple Street and additional space for parking. We sell vendor spaces and vendor parking spaces for the weekend. Please contact the office at the email at the bottom of this page if you are interested.
- Youth fundraiser: Our youth will begin this year selling beverages in front of the church to help you stay hydrated during your visit! All funds raised help the youth attend spiritual retreats and fund their weekly activities for discipleship development. We offer handmade tamales, bottled water, iced coffee, hot coffee, sweet tea and sodas for only $2 each, a great price even for tight budgets! Of course, we have water fountains inside if you prefer as well!!