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Town, FBA host holiday lighting

In spite of the cold, hundreds of Farragut-area residents came out to “deck the halls” at Campbell Station Park Tuesday, Nov. 29.

Farragut Business Alliance hosted its inaugural “Light the Park” event Tuesday night, with performances from local school choral groups and the grand finale of Farragut’s Mayor Ralph McGill and local children pulling the switch to light a large Christmas tree along Campbell Station Road.

“The business community shows again that we’re becoming an alliance and we’re getting together to do things for the Town,” event chair Phil Dangel, of The Shrimp Dock, said.

“We want to do more than just sell merchandise; we want to be part of the Town,” he added.

Parent Joelle Smith said, “I think it’s a fabulous idea. I think it’s a nice, little community thing and brings the community out and starts the holiday season.

“Having our children perform is an added bonus,” she said.

The event featured musical performances by Farragut Intermediate School’s fifth-grade choir, Farragut Middle School’s anchor choir and the Webb Madrigal singers.

Kay Wellons, Farragut Intermediate’s principal, said she especially loved the children’s performances.

“This is a wonderful event to kick off the season and get us all in a festive mood. And quite naturally, I feel that the children would be the highlight of any kick-off event,” she said.

Allison Heyrman, new to the area, said she liked the idea of small community events, such as “Light the Park,” in Farragut.

“I guess Farragut is considered kind of a small town, but I think it’s very important because it seems like this is a very diverse area ... with a lot of people moving in.

“It probably makes it feel more like a community when more people are involved,” Heyrman said.

Sponsors of “Light the Park” included Town of Farragut, Farragut Business Alliance, farragutpress, The Shrimp Dock and WFIV i105.3 FM.


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