The mostly-dismantled Henley Street Bridge loomed above the 2011 Boomsday festival in Knoxville. The mortar shells were placed upon rail cars and to the center of the nearby railroad bridge. The fireworks went on as scheduled, despite the weather. This year the program opened with the popular waterfall effect, which created a smokescreen for those of us watching from below the level of the bridge. The pictures taken from higher up were spectacular. The Pyro Shows staff and Knoxville firefighters proved their worth when there were unexpected explosions caused by a fire on the bridge after the show.
During the afternoon street festival, I served as emcee for Calhoun’s RibDonkulous Rib-Eating Contest. Ten contestants ate as many ribs as they could in eight minutes. The bones had to be free of meat in order to count. Dr. Tom Gaddis of Pellissippi State Community College led the team of judges. The winner, Chris Hartranft, cleaned 23 bones. Nobody suffered a “reversal of fortune” although we did have buckets standing by, just in case.