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Red, White & Blues touts family fun
Music, food, fun highlight Farragut Business Alliance’s annual Independence weekend celebration

Sing along, dance, or just relax to the sound of the tunes at Red, White & Blues, which will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Sunday, July 3, at 11863 Kingston Pike, adjacent to farragutpress.

RMS Band will headline the second annual Red, White & Blues, which is put on each year by Farragut Business Alliance.

“These outdoor events are always fun; and family oriented stuff is good. We like that kind of thing,” RMS guitarist Rik Asher, also of Rik’s Music and Sound, said of the event.

The Knoxville-based band is made up of rhythm section Zane and David Harkleroad, Asher on guitar and lead singer Jesse Burdette.

“We’ll be playing some Motown and classic rock. We also do a lot of medleys — like a disco medley, Motown medley and classic rock medley, things like that,” Asher said of the kinds of music event attendees could expect.

“We love to play music for people and make them happy. That’s always fun,” he added.

Red, White & Blues will feature food from Farragut restaurants, drinks and games for children.

“We’ll have Archer’s Barbecue there with barbecue. The Shrimp Dock will be doing a shrimp boil, Oskie’s will be making burgers and Firehouse Subs will be serving subs,” David Purvis, Farragut Business Alliance founder, said.

Each food vendor will sell a meal for $6 per person, non-alcoholic drink included. Beer and wine will be available for those who want them. TDS Telecom will serve free ice cream sandwiches.

Food and liquor vendors will accept payments of cash only.

Tickets to enter Red, White & Blues are $5 for adults and $2 for children under 12 at the door. There won’t be any pre-sold tickets. Event planners will be able to process ticket orders by cash, debit or credit cards, but won’t be able to accept American Express.

Food and drinks also will be available to event attendees.

“We’ll also have a kid’s area with a carousel and inflatables, with slides and things,” Purvis said.

New to the event this year will be a watermelon-eating contest, sponsored by Ingles Market, held during the band’s intermission, Purvis said.

“That was [FBA member] Ginny McLain-Tate’s idea. We just really thought it would be fun for kids and the whole family,” Purvis said.

“We’re very grateful to Doug and Brenda Horne for letting us once again use their property,” Purvis said.

Sponsors of the event include Town of Farragut, Lenoir City Utilities Board, Dayton’s Pest Control, TDS Telecom, Ingles Market, Doug and Brenda Horne, BB&T, Eagle Distributing, Woodbridge Wine, WOKI and farragutpress.

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