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Community picnic to benefit Farragut schools
Red, White & Blues pre-Independence Day event to feature barbecue, shrimp boil, ice cream, music by Slow Blind Hill

Attendees of Farragut’s annual Independence Day Parade will have another event to look forward to this year: a community picnic.

Red, White & Blues will be held from 6 to 9:30 p.m., Friday, July 2, on land belonging to Doug and Brenda Horne, adjacent to farragutpress. The Independence Day Parade will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, July 3.

“Farragut needs a sense of community, and I don’t think we necessarily have that. And an event can bring people together with a common bond,” David Purvis, Farragut Business Alliance founder, said. The Business Alliance is planning the event.

“Everybody I’ve talked to is fired up about this,” he added.

All proceeds from the event, above expenses, will be donated to Farragut schools in conjunction with Farragut’s Education Relations Committee.

“It actually came from the Mayor [Ralph McGill] that we needed to do something for the schools, and he asked what the business community could do,” Purvis said.

“So we thought that here was a chance to do something for the community to come together, have fun, raise some money and benefit a cause that has meaning to everybody. You need your kids to have a good education.

“With the budget crisis and teachers losing their jobs, we need to find creative ways to help fund the schools,” he added.

Admission tickets will be $5 for adults and $2 for children under age 12. Food from The Shrimp Dock and from Buddy’s BBQ will be available for purchase. Beer and wine also will be served, as will free ice cream.

Some tables and chairs will be set up under a tent, but families are encouraged to bring folding chairs or blankets.

Entertainment will be provided by Slow Blind Hill from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

“They’re in; they’re definitely playing,” Purvis said.

Parking for the event will be available in the open field off Smith Road and a shuttle will be provided to the event.

Tickets will be pre-sold beginning the morning of July 2 and also will be sold at the gate.

The Business Alliance is looking for volunteers for the event: to pour drinks, sell tickets and man a children’s game area.

TDS Telecom, BB&T, the Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce and the town of Farragut are event sponsors. Media sponsor for the event is farragutpress.


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