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Picnic planners pick ‘Pike’

Farragut’s 30th Anniversary Committee met on site for its planned fall picnic, set for Oct. 10 on farragutpress grounds.

“This looks great. Lots of space,” committee member Nancy Wentz said.

The group also decided on a name for the picnic: “Picnic on the Pike,” referring to the relative proximity to Kingston Pike.

“In order to promote it and talk about it, we need a name,” Parks and Leisure Services Director Sue Stuhl said.

The name idea came from guest Frank Galbraith, who was recruited by the committee to help plan the music.

The group plans to have three bands perform during the four-hour long picnic and festival. Galbraith suggested local bluegrass and country groups, as well as “Boys Night Out,” which Galbraith said could play more mainstream ’70s and ’80s music.

Stuhl mentioned a subset of the Knoxville Symphony; committee member Carolyn Coker wondered if a choir would sing.

The group decided not to go with one of its original ideas: hiring bands to play music from each decade the Town has existed.

“This stuff that’s out is not really too much music … from 2000 on. It’s more noise,” Galbraith said.

“You want to have something everybody enjoys,” Coker agreed.

Former alderman Betty Dick said she just wanted “upbeat” music. The group asked Stuhl to research prices for bluegrass groups, country groups and one mainstream group.

Committee chair Pat Sloan pointed out that even if attendees normally didn’t listen to such music, the aspect of live music would still attract them.

Another important element of performances, Galbraith said, is the sideshows: entertainment while bands are changing out and doing sound checks.

Those sideshows could include dance troupes and cheer teams from local performing arts academies and schools.

“The more of those kids we get in here, the more parents and grandparents come,” Galbraith said.

Stuhl said many of those groups could be recruited from the Independence Day parade list; others would come from Farragut schools.

The bands will play for an hour apiece with about half an hour to change out; the stage will be the front porch of the farragutpress.

The sideshow stage will be nearby.

“That will increase the number of those acts in between bands,” Galbraith said.

“Picnic on the Pike” also will feature food and craft vendors as well as games and inflatables for children.

“Picnic on the Pike” is planned from 1 to 5 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 10.

TDS Telecom will be presenting sponsor of the picnic; Horne Properties Inc. and farragutpress also will be sponsors.


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