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‘Picnic on the Pike’ celebrates Farragut 30th anniversary

Don’t forget Picnic on the Pike from 1 to 5 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 10, a picnic that celebrates the Town’s 30th anniversary.

“It’s 10-10-10, that’s 30,” Marianne McGill, a member of the committee planning the event, said.

Picnic on the Pike will feature craft and food vendors, live music and entertainment and games and inflatables for children, all on farragutpress property, 11863 Kingston Pike.

“The committee wanted to have multiple events, but one really big celebration. So this is the biggest celebration of the year,” Farragut Parks and Leisure Services Director Sue Stuhl said.

“And they wanted something that was community oriented, that the whole family could be a part of, everyone could enjoy,” she added.

The event is free.

Picnic attendees can bring their own food, drinks and chairs as they listen to music performed by the Atomic Horns and Slim Pickin’s.

In between the two groups’ performances, the Knoxville Swing Dance association and the Farragut High School chorus will perform (at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., respectively).

Food and drinks also will be available for purchase — so far, several restaurants have signed up: The Shrimp Dock, New York Avenue Pizza, Snappy Tomato Pizza, Little Joe’s Pizza and Psychedelic Snow.

“We have nine or ten food vendors,” Stuhl said.

Other vendors will include civic and community groups that are selling food wares such as cotton candy, baked goods, popcorn and caramel apples.

Ingles Market will provide a 30th anniversary cake for the Town, and that will be served to attendees for free.

“You can buy food or bring your own food, partake in some of the activities and help the local nonprofits at the same time,” Stuhl said.

Fifteen craft vendors also will have booths, selling various wares.

“We have everything from jewelry to woodwork to interesting use of antiques into fun garden things. A little bit of everything,” Stuhl said.

“I think we have a blacksmith,” she added.

The Town will have four inflatables set up, which children can play on free of charge. Those include a slide, an obstacle course, Jacob’s ladder and a Velcro wall, Stuhl said.

Other civic groups also will be offering children’s games and activities such as bean bag toss, face painting and other games.

Sponsors of the event are TDS Telecom, the town of Farragut, farragutpress, Doug and Brenda Horne, Ingles, The Bingham Group and Waste Connections.


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