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Farragut celebrates
Thousands turn out for Red, White & Blues, Independence Day parade

More than 900 people came out to enjoy food, drinks and swingin’ music at the second annual Red, White & Blues event Sunday, July 3.

Many attendees said events such as Red, White & Blues were long overdue.

“This is a great turnout. It’s such a nice mix of folks here, with a little something for everyone,” said Farragut alderman Jeff Elliott.

Red, White & Blues featured live music with games and inflatables for the kids, as well as food from various Farragut restaurants.

“It’s a great event to bring friends and family to who are maybe in visiting for the holiday weekend,” Elliott added.

Jerry Parkerson of TDS Telecom, who handed out free ice cream sandwiches during the event, said, “I think this is fantastic.”

“We’ve had lots of people coming through, and we’ve been giving away lots of free stuff. We’ve been able to talk to a lot of our customers, and, to us, that is a success,” he added.

Darla Berdal, of Myers Bros. Holdings, agreed.

“What a wonderful opportunity for the residents of Farragut to come together and enjoy the Fourth of July weekend,” she said.

Farragut Business Alliance founder David Purvis, who helped plan the event, said FBA members sold 900 tickets, but he estimated there were more actual attendees, counting volunteers and vendors.

RMS Band, who provided live music for the event, proved very popular.

“We love the band,” Rick Robertson said.

“This is lots of fun. We’re having a great time,” his friend, Micol Brittain, agreed.

Dee Bumpers said she enjoyed the event’s ambience.

“This is very relaxed and family-oriented,” she said.

Ed Whiting, a Farragut Municipal Planning Commis-sioner, and his wife, Valerie, said Red, White & Blues was “a nice event.”

Valerie said she’d like to see the event grow even more.

“When people come next year, they should bring something like a Frisbee or a football to share and build the community. The fun is in sharing the game,” she said.


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