Christmas in July

The City of Knoxville’s Festival on the Fourth is a great gift to the public. This year, the perfect weather made the day especially enjoyable.

The Festival started at 4:00 p.m. with a performance by The Coveralls. Bruce Patrick and I had the good fortune to introduce them on stage.

My emcee duties continued when the Knoxville Police Department and the Knoxville Fire Department faced each other in a Tug-O-War. The police won for the second year in a row. I presented the trophy. A little later, I introduced a performance by Brad Blackwell.

At 7:30 p.m., the focus shifted to the other half of World’s Fair Park for the National Anthem and a flyover by the Knox County Sheriff’s Department. At 8:00 p.m., the Knoxville Symphony took the stage. Soloist Christopher Saunders sang two songs in each half of the show. His jolly demeanor and rich voice are great to see and hear.

The evening ended with fireworks, which began exploding as the Symphony played the “1812 Overture.”

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