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Picnic on the Pike

“We’re building community spirit,” said Nancy Wentz, a planner of Picnic on the Pike, a community picnic that will celebrate the Town’s 30th anniversary.

“It’s an activity that the whole community can be involved in,” Mary Lou Koepp, another planner, said.

Picnic on the Pike will be held from 1 to 5 p.m., this Sunday, Oct. 10, and will feature craft and food vendors, live music and entertainment and games and inflatables for children, all on farragutpress property, 11863 Kingston Pike.

“This is going to be a fine day for a picnic,” planning committee member Carolyn Coker said.

Admission to Picnic on the Pike is free. Park at the old Ingles, Clayton Bank and Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce parking lots.

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 from several Farragut-area restaurants: The Shrimp Dock, Border Taco, El Mezcal Mexican Restaurant, New York Avenue Pizza, Snappy Tomato Pizza, Little Joe’s Pizza and Psychedelic Snow.

“And we have nine or ten food vendors,” Farragut Parks and Leisure Services Director Sue Stuhl said.

Other vendors will include civic and community groups that are selling food wares such as cotton candy, baked goods, hot dogs and chili, 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 such as bean bag and ring tosses, plus activities and crafts such as origami paper crafts, face painting, temporary tattoos and even colored hair spray.

Tickets to play the games or participate in the activities will cost 50 cents each; and the profits benefit the local civic groups.

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

“This is going to be a good way to bring the community together. It just makes you feel like you’re part of the community,” Marianne McGill, a Picnic on the Pike planner, said.

“And we want everyone to think of this as a Town,” Coker added.

“This is an opportunity to make this community event — hopefully it will become an annual event — into a great opportunity for families to get out and enjoy what we hope will be a beautiful October afternoon,” 30th anniversary committee chair Pat Sloan said.

“I think it’s good, wholesome fun and I think there’s something for everyone,” she added.

“I just hope it doesn’t rain,” Gene McNalley, another planner said.


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