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Bacon Whoopee

Sometimes I wonder how I end up on a planning committee for an event. I felt it happening when Sarah Thompson, the director of public relations for the Tennessee Valley Fair, said, “let’s have a meeting after the fair so … Continue reading

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Boomtown Crier

A thunder storm passed through Knoxville around 5:00 p.m. on Sunday while a large crowd was gathering on Neyland Drive for Boomsday. When event organizers got word of the approaching rain, they decided to suspend the festival until the bad … Continue reading

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Golden-throated Weaver

Sandy Weaver is one of the best deejays I’ve ever heard. I used to tune in weeknights at 10:00 p.m. to hear her on Q107 in Washington, DC. She was on after a jock named Uncle Johnny. Either Johnny or … Continue reading

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Meat the Press

The July issue of the Kansas City BullSheet has a definite East Tennessee flavor to it. There are two articles about the Bloomin’ Barbeque & Bluegrass festival and one article about the Rocky Top Hummin’ & Strummin’ BBQ Cook-Off. One of … Continue reading

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Madam, What Else Is News?

This week, I’m remembering Independence Days of the past. In looking at the archives of my blog, I was surprised to realize how long it’s been since my wife and I attended Knoxville’s Festival on the Fourth. We haven’t been to the City of … Continue reading

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The Walking Led

The weather was perfect for the 15th annual Kids Helping Kids Fun Walk on Sunday. The Walk is a fundraiser for Columbus Home Children’s Services, a program of Catholic Charities of East Tennessee. I was the honorary chairman for the … Continue reading

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Fanny May

Krisha Newport’s Facebook status on Saturday morning indicated that she was headed to the Hola Festival. I commented, “See you there!” When I spotted my friend, she was dressed in one of the costumes she wears on stage at the … Continue reading

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Buenos Tiempos

The Hola Festival is one of my favorite Knoxville events. I always see people I know; I try some authentic Latin American food and I hear some fun music. This year’s featured performers were a Puerto Rican band called Batukealo. … Continue reading

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For the Birds

Darryl Stillwell’s bird feeders don’t look like bird feeders. They look like miniature buildings. When I saw his booth at the Townsend Fall Heritage Festival, I was impressed by Darryl’s general store, farmhouse and church among others. He said some … Continue reading

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Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter

The promise of freshly-made apple butter drew my wife and me to the Townsend Fall Heritage Festival on Saturday. As we drove along Lamar Alexander Parkway, I told her about the last time I drove to the Great Smoky Mountain … Continue reading

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Ignoble Georgian

It’s no surprise that the words “Tri-State Crematory” would jump off the page while I was reading the descriptions of the various movies to be screened this coming weekend at the Secret City Film Festival. I have heard Dr. Bill … Continue reading

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A Lego Up on the Competition

At last year’s Lego competition during the closing weekend of the Tennessee Valley Fair, I suggested that they move it a week earlier so that more people would see the display. This year, they did just that. The contest was … Continue reading

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Fair-Cooked Fare

A photo on the wall in the lounge at Side Splitters reminded me to not make the same mistake as Congresswoman Michele Bachmann. At last year’s Host with the Most Competition, Mike Howard’s routine included holding up a photo of … Continue reading

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Meet Me at the Fair

The Tennessee Valley Fair starts on Friday and I can hardly wait. They have invited me to be one of the judges for a Concessionaire Food Contest. We will select the Best Corn Dog, Best Deep Fried, Best Crazy Fair … Continue reading

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