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Red, White & Blues Friday

The inaugural Red, White & Blues family picnic features off-site parking and shuttle service from Smith Road as highlighted in this graphic. Shuttles will run continuously throughout the three-and-a-half hour pre-Independence Day event.- Town of Farragut
Farragut community leaders are hoping an Independence Day picnic will become an annual event.

Farragut Business Alliance is planning the Red, White & Blues event for Friday, July 2, on property adjacent to farragutpress. The family event begins at 6 p.m. and ends at 9:30 p.m.

“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, FBA founder, said.

Food from The Shrimp Dock and Buddy’s Bar-B-Q will be available for purchase. Beer and wine also will be served, as will free ice cream sandwiches from TDS Telecom and free watermelon from Ingles. KONA Ice will bring a snow-cone truck and will donate 30 percent of its proceeds to the school donation fund.

Some tables and chairs will be set up under a tent, but families are encouraged to bring folding chairs or blankets. Families cannot bring in outside food or beverages.

Admission tickets will be $5 for adults and $2 for children under age 12. Tickets will be sold at the door. Event planners are making arrangements for credit and debit card payments.

“That seemed like the best solution,” Purvis said.

“It’s going to be cost-effective and give us a long term solution for other events,” 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.

In addition, the Mayor will give a proclamation to Farragut High School’s baseball and soccer teams in recognition of their successful 2010 spring seasons.

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

FBA members working on the event include Pamela Treacy, Phil Dangel, Ginny McLain-Tate, Carla Lyle and Naoko Blue.

Event sponsors are LCUB, BB&T, TDS Telecom, Town of Farragut, farragutpress, Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce, Smoky Mountain Brewery, Dayton’s Pest Control, Kona Ice, Twisted Wines and Rothchild Event Rentals.


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