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‘Picnic’ draws hundreds

“We’re building community spirit,” said Nancy Wentz, a planner of Picnic on the Pike, a community picnic held Sunday, Oct. 10, as the final celebration of the Town’s 30th anniversary.

Town Parks and Leisure Services Director Sue Stuhl said she estimated between 800 and 1,000 people attended the event, which featured live music, food and games and activities.

“But it’s sort of hard to know,” she said of attendance.

Slim Pickin’s and The Atomic Horns provided live entertainment, as did Farragut High School’s chorus and the Knoxville Swing Dance Association. Local community groups set up booths with activities and games for children, and the town of Farragut provided free inflatables. Local restaurants and craft vendors sold food and craft wares.

Many people brought chairs and lounged on the lawn of farragutpress, where the event was held, enjoying the music and conversation with friends.

Stuhl said she was pleased with the event and the turnout, especially given the handful of other festivals taking place around the area last weekend.

“It was a fantastic event, wonderful weather. Everyone seemed to be extremely happy to be there,” she said.

“All in all, I think it was really nice,” she added.

Among 30th anniversary committee members, the group that planned the event, there has been talk of making Picnic on the Pike an annual event.

“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,” 30th anniversary committee chair Pat Sloan said.

“It just makes you feel like you’re part of the community,” Marianne McGill, another committee member and wife of Mayor Ralph McGill, said.

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

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


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