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Renaissance hosts ‘festival’ Oct. 9
Renaissance Festival to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank

Renaissance | Farragut is planning its third annual Fall Festival Saturday, Oct. 9, with two new events: a chili cook-off and a Little Miss Renaissance Farragut contest.

The Fall Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., beginning with Dixie Lee Farmer’s Market. Admission is free, but proceeds from various events will go to Second Harvest Food Bank.

“Starting back several years ago, the Renaissance owners decided to host two street fairs a year to promote Renaissance | Farragut, and in so doing wanted to help out charities in the area,” said Michael Broyles, whose studio, Michael Broyles Photography, is located in Renaissance.

“And Second Harvest is the charity we assist in the fall,” he added.

Renaissance’s Fall Festival will raise money through four main activities: the chili cook-off, an old time photo booth, battle of the praise bands and a caricaturist.

The chili cook-off is new this year, with prizes including “people’s choice” and “best booth decoration.” A professionally judged superlative will be “best chili.”

The chili tasting judges include local chefs and a representative from Second Harvest.

Tasting tickets cost $5 and all the proceeds from those sales will benefit Second Harvest.

Chili Cook-off sponsors are UT Federal Credit Union; SYSCO Foods; NHC Assisted Living; All Occasions Party Rental; ALSCO; US Foods and Campbell, Cunningham & Taylor.

There are six or seven chili teams, said Darla Berdal of Myers Bros. Holdings, including teams from Seasons Café, Echo Bistro and Wine Bar, Sysco Foods, US Food Service, Todd Wyrick and David Purvis.

Returning this year is Battle of the Praise Bands, which features local church bands or praise bands, who will perform 20-minute sets throughout the day.

Listeners can vote for the best band by purchasing $1 tickets, with proceeds going to Second Harvest.

“So if you wanted to vote for Farragut Christian Church, you would buy six tickets and there would be a jar that said ‘Farragut Christian Church,’ and you would just put your six tickets in that jar.

“Each band or church will have their own particular container or jar,” Broyles said.

Broyles said he is sponsoring an “old-time photo booth,” provided by Knoxville Photo Booth Co.

“We’ll take any donation for you to get your pictures taken, and 100 percent of that donation goes to Second Harvest,” Broyles said.

A caricature artist also will donate a portion of his proceeds to Second Harvest.

Another new event this year is the Little Miss Renaissance | Farragut beauty pageant, open to children ages 1 to 12. The pageant will be judged by special guest judges, including Teresa Jones, former coordinator of Miss Pioneer Pageant of Chattanooga; Bill Jones and Sonja Sizemore, mother of Ashley Sizemore, Miss Northeast Tennessee.

The Fall Festival will be held on the grassy lawn in front of Renaissance, meaning parking will be available at Renaissance and at First Farragut United Methodist Church.

“The owners of the 30-plus companies located at Renais-sance | Farragut are so appreciative of the tremendous support the community has shown for the various festivals, the Farmers’ Market and of course their respective businesses,” R. Knick Myers, Myers Bros. Holdings, said.

Fall Festival media sponsors are WVLT-TV, News Talk 98.7 and farragutpress.


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