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Red, White & Blues draws 1,000


About 1,000 people attended the inaugural Red, White & Blues event, Friday, July 2, event planners said.

“Everything we’re hearing from everybody is that it was a success on the fact that everyone thought it brought the community together,” David Purvis, Farragut Business Alliance founder, said.

The Business Alliance — whose members include BB&T’s Ginny McLain-Tate and Carla Lyle, Campbell Station Wine’s Pamela Treacy, The Shrimp Dock’s Phil Dangel and Naoko Blue, who owns a consulting firm of the same name — planned the event held on property adjacent to farragutpress.


Purvis said the inaugural event was a good learning experience.

“We might need to tweak the economic model of the event a little,” he said.

One option event planners may look at next year, he said, is moving the event to start and end a little later to beat the afternoon heat.

“We could start at an earlier time with one band, and then maybe switch to another band and let it go a little later,” Purvis said.

As of Tuesday, July 6, Purvis and other FBA members hadn’t compiled the total proceeds yet. But Farragut schools (and Hardin Valley Academy) will receive a donation of any funds above event expenses.

The FBA now is planning for its second-annual Taste of Farragut event, which will be held Friday, Sept. 10.

 

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