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Inaugural Cool Sports Fall Festival set for Saturday

Inaugural Cool Sports Fall Festival is a way to introduce sports and activities not readily available in the Farragut area.

And it's free.

Event runs from 2 to 6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 2, at Cool Sports, Home of the Icearium, and features “turf side” and “ice side” games, exhibitions plus children and adult recreational participation and business promotion.

“It's basically our way of giving back to the community,” said Nadia Kogeler, Cool Sports general manager. “We want to open our doors, so that everybody comes and sees our facility and what we have to offer, and that they fall in love with it just like we fall in love with it.”

Ice side events are highlighted by a free public ice skating session from 3 to 5 p.m. It starts with a hockey exhibition (youth travel teams) at 2 p.m., plus a Knoxville Amateur Hockey Association youth exhibition (4-9) from 3:30 to 3:50. Knoxville Figure Skating Club individual exhibition, roughly one-minute performances every 15 minutes during public skating, is from 4 to 5 p.m.

Turf side events, on the facility's east side at indoor soccer/field hockey area, will include a number of vendors “who get to basically display their businesses,” Kogeler said.

“Also sell some things that they have, kinda like a fair in that respect.”

Sports demos include soccer (2 p.m., Cool Sports children ages 4-to-9) and martial arts (4 p.m., Cool Sports Wushu program).

Turf side field games such as “three-legged race, potato sack race and pie-eating contest” are open to the general public beginning at 4:30. Door prizes also included. Also included are bounce houses for children's play.

Set to appear is “Chilly Bear,” mascot of Knoxville Ice Bears minor league hockey team.

Concession stand refreshments in the main lobby will include “fall goodies like apple cider,” Kogeler said.


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