History of the Teapot Festival 

Beginning early in 1981, the festival has grown into a week long event.

Beginning early in 1981, John W. Melton, administrator of the Gibson County General Hospital developed the idea of a “teapot festival;” to draw attention on the rare collection of Porcelain Veilleuses. His idea was favorably received by the city council. Melton served as the first Festival Chairman.

The festival has grown into a week long event beginning with a ceremonial Lighting of the Teapots and culminates in the Annual Grand Parade.

The Teapot Festival begins with the lighting of the teapots ceremony at City Hall.  Music and fireworks show highlight the first evening of the festival.  Other highlights include a parade and the chocolate extravaganza.  Tennis and softball tournaments, along with other athletic competitions, are featured each day during the festival.

An arts & crafts show, antique car exhibition, fireworks, display and street dance highlight the final day of the event.  The teapots may be viewed all year round, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.  When City Hall is closed, visitors ask the firemen next door to get the key for them.

For information concerning the scheduled events,
contact the City Hall at:
(731) 855-2013.

Teapot Festival Gallery