2019 Summer Festivals

Music City Hot Chicken Festival
July 4
700 Woodland Street, Nashville, TN
Created in 2007, the annual Music City Hot Chicken Festival brings together the local community and visitors to celebrate the uniquely-Nashville dish, Hot Chicken.
As recently featured by the famous food chain, Kentucky Fried Chicken… Hot Chicken is an infamous Nashville, Tennessee, food. So what is this Hot Chicken?
It turn out there is quite a story behind this famous chicken recipe. Back in the 1930s, there was a man named Thornton Prince, a handsome, tall and good-looking man known for being somewhat of a womanizer. One of Thornton’s women got fed up and wanted revenge. So she made him his favorite fried chicken. But this time she added the hottest spices in her kitchen with the hopes of making it beyond ability to digest. But her plan backfired. He loved it.
In 1945, Prince Thornton, along with his brothers, created their own Hot Chicken recipe and opened Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack in Nashville. This family legacy has been transformed into a Nashville icon and has everyone’s mouth watering for a taste. Not too far from the original location of Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack, the inaugural Hot Chicken Festival took place. It has grown to be one of Nashville’s largest festivals.
This FREE event starts off with the Fire Truck Parade at 10:30am followed by free Hot Chicken samples to the first 500 people in line. Festival gates open at 11:00am. Visitors can enjoy Hot Chicken from Nashville’s best Hot Chicken establishments and other delicious edibles from local vendors.
Live music from local bands keeps the “Nashville” vibe going all day long, and visitors can look on while five teams try their hand at cooking up their version of Hot Chicken in the Amateur Cooking Competition.
The event ends at 3pm, when visitors can make their way downtown for the annual fireworks display.
www.hot-chicken.com

Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair
July 12-21
Gatlinburg Convention Center
Gatlinburg, TN
Daily 10am-6pm
Sundays 10am-5pm
Filling the 150,000 square feet of downtown’s Gatlinburg Convention Center, the Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair hosts Artisans and Craftsmen from all over the nation. Two hundred booths with unique and one-of-a-kind handmade products are beautifully displayed as these skilled craftspeople demonstrate their talents. All items represented are handmade, and of utmost quality and without duplication. Look for exceptional pottery pieces, molded leather, copper art, local candy makers and many more unique items.
There is something for everyone at the Fair. The Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair and Smoky Mountain Resort Ministries provide a free Kid’s Corner during the July fair, with a selection of D.I.Y. crafts for our youngest visitors to take home with them. Enjoy contemporary country, bluegrass and your favorite gospel tunes at 12 and 3 daily. Concessions are available for sale through the Gatlinburg Convention Center.
The Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair usually takes most of the day to see. If you didn’t quite get through it all, multi-day passes are available. Come off the street and beat the July heat to celebrate the 44th Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair.

Grainger County Tomato Festival
July 26, 27, & 28
7480 Rutledge Pike
Rutledge, TN
Friday. Noon-8pm
Saturday. 9am-6pm
Sunday. Noon-5pm
The Grainger County Tomato Festival was organized in 1992 to promote the world famous Grainger County Tomatoes. Over the years, a number of special events have been added, making the festival one of the largest free festivals in East Tennessee. The Grainger County Tomato Festival has been named by Parade magazine as one of the top ten festivals in the USA.
It’s a weekend of Grainger County Tomatoes, Live Music, the infamous Tomato Wars, Arts & Crafts, great food and so much more. Pets are welcome and are accommodated by several water stations on the festival grounds. Mark your calendars to spend the last full weekend of July in Rutledge, Tennessee. You don’t want to miss it.
Pets are welcome, and we have several water stations on the festival grounds. We also have misting tents for cooling off that the critters and their people love.

Butterfly Dash & Burger Bash
August 10th
World’s Fair Park
Enjoy gourmet burgers, live music and a family-friendly atmosphere for a great cause when Burger Bash returns to World’s Fair Park on Saturday, August 10. The event is a fundraiser for East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.
Gather at World’s Fair Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. as teams of chefs and grill masters compete to present the best slider. There is something for everyone to enjoy including kids activities and live music all day by The Coveralls and Soul Finger.
Admission to Burger Bash is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 4-12, and free for ages 3 and under. Admission price includes tickets for adults to sample three sliders (kids to sample two sliders). Additional burger tickets are available for purchase.
The day’s activities will kick off with Butterfly Dash, a 10K race. There is also a 5K and family fun walk. Butterfly Dash and Burger Bash tickets sold separately. Proceeds from race entry fees and sales of food and drink tickets will benefit the Pain and Palliative Care program at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. Tickets available online now at www.etch.com/dashandbash. For more information, call Children’s Hospital Development office at (865) 541-8668

Virginia Highlands Festivals
July 26 – August 4
Robert Porterfield, founder of both the Virginia Highlands Festival and the famed Barter Theatre, held
the first Festival in
1949 at the Martha Washington Inn. His purpose was to preserve and celebrate the cultural heritage of this area. The Festival, over the past seven decades, has grown in scope to represent all of Southwest Virginia. Now it not only preserves the arts, crafts and skills that developed in this region, but it also imports talented artists and performers from around the world for creative exchange and the enjoyment of area residents and visitors.
More than 100 volunteers work year-round planning events, tours, performances and exhibitions for the annual Festival. They staff information booths, take up tickets, shuttle out-of-town performers to their programs and represent the Festival to local media. Chartered in 1778, Abingdon is a Virginia Historic Landmark. Visitors enjoy amenities usually reserved for much larger communities. You can stroll shaded, brick sidewalks and savor the ambiance of the oldest town west of the Blue Ridge Mountains, or explore a 20-block Historic District filled with outstanding examples of Federal and
Victorian architecture.
Antiques Market
Washington County Fairgrounds
Last year the Antiques Market moved to a better, indoor location that is more convenient for everyone: the Washington County Fairgrounds, 17046 Fairground Drive in Abingdon!
Covering about 45,000 square feet and sporting a concrete floor, restrooms and a catering kitchen, this venue offers many upgrades including safety and security for venders, cooler temperatures and protection from the elements.
The show is open rain or shine under tents.
The “Best in Virginia” Juried Arts and Crafts show will once again set up on the beautiful Barter Square at Barter Stage II.

Dog Daze
August 16, 17, & 18
Village Green
The festivities will start on Friday evening with a local dog “Pooch Plunge!” Local dog owners will have the opportunity to have their ‘puppy’ try a Dock-Dive! K9 Pet Services of East Tennessee has underwritten The Plunge activity, which will allow non-competitors to try the DockDog experience free of charge. Between 4 and 7pm, members of the Smoky Mountain DockDogs Club will assist area pet lovers with their introduction to the sport. If anyone is interested in entering their dog in the actual competition, (all breeds accepted), they can email dd_admin@dockdogs.com, call the office at 330-241-4975 https://dockdogs.com/eventscal/dog-daze-at-village-green/#

Smokey Mountain Dock Dogs
Event Schedule:

Fri Aug 16
Onsite Registration/ Practice
3:00 pm

Try DockDogs
THE POOCH PLUNGE!
4:00-7:00 pm

Sat Aug 17
Onsite Registration/ Practice
10:00 am

Big Air WAVE # 1
11:00 am
Big Air WAVE # 2
12:30 pm
Big Air WAVE # 3
2:00 pm
Big Air WAVE # 4
3:30 pm
Extreme Vertical (All in one)
5:00 pm

Sun Aug 18, 2019 Onsite Registration/ Practice
10:00 am

Big Air WAVE # 5
11:00 am
Big Air WAVE # 6
12:30 pm
Speed Retrieve (All in one Finals)
2:00 pm
Big Air Finals start at
3:30 pm
(Pro, Semi-Pro, Contender & Amateur Finals)

Event Format: Outdoor Big Air®, Extreme Vertical®, Speed RetrieveTM , and Iron Dog Rankings

The final rounds of competition
and award presentations will take place Sunday afternoon.

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Spring 2019 Festivals

Townsend Spring Festival & Old Timers Day: May 3-4
Each Spring and Fall Townsend celebrates its rich Appalachia history through music, crafts and foods. This free event includes two days of Bluegrass music, handmade crafts and food. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy all of the Spring Festivities for the entire family at the Townsend Visitor’s Center.

Parking is $10 per day or $15 for a two-day pass. Proceeds benefit the Townsend Volunteer Fire Department. Parking passes may be purchased at the Townsend Visitor Center (7906 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy., Townsend), the Maryville Welcome Center (201 S. Washington St., Maryville) or at the parking gate on event days.

www.smokymountains.org/what-to-see/spring
New Midland Plaza Spring Craft Fair: May 10-11
Up-cycled & recycled creative art, photography, candles, soaps, jewelry, paintings, hand-sewn items, sculptures, quilts, glassware, knitted novelties, crocheting, woodworking, & much more are showcased at one of the largest and most enjoyed craft fairs in the region. Enjoy unique and yummy food offerings from multiple food trucks, & local participants like the fire & police departments.It’s two days of family friendly fun!www.newmidlandcraftfair.com/
Come Celebrate Our Historical Railroad Heritage Niota Model Railroad Show: May 4-5
Niota, Tennessee is home to the oldest railroad depot, built in 1854. Originally named Mouse Creek Station, it is the oldest standing depot in the State of Tennessee and one of the oldest in America.During the Civil War it was used by both the Confederate and Union soldiers as a place of safety and rest. Today, the depot is owned by the City of Niota and used by city departments.This May 4th – 5th, the depot will host the 2nd annual Niota Model Railroad Show, a free to the public event showcasing train model exhibitors and vendors from around Tennessee and beyond. Last year’s inaugural event featured around 400 businesses from cities including Chattanooga, Murfreesboro, Crossville, Knoxville, and Maryville.The event will be held at the Niota Depot and the Memorial Building- Saturday, May 4th 2019 9am-5pm and Sunday, May 5th 2019 10am-4pm.tennesseeoverhill.com/niota-depot/
Lenoir City Arts & Crafts Festival: June 1-2
The 57th Annual Lenoir City Arts & Crafts Festival will be held in beautiful Lenoir City Park on June 1st and 2nd, and it promises to be better than ever! The quality of the event and superb reputation of the 240 crafters have made this one of the area’s most popular events. Items range from ceramics and glassware to metal work and jewelry,to baskets and much more! A wide array of fast food and home baked delicacies will be available throughout the festival. Your taste buds will delight in old favorites and new flavors. And plenty of cold beverages to satisfy a summer thirst!lenoircityartsandcrafts.com/

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Smoky Mountain Lights

The Lampyridae are a family of insects in the beetle order Coleoptera. They are winged soft-bodied beetles, commonly called fireflies or lightning bugs for their conspicuous use of bioluminescence during twilight to attract mates or prey.Did you know that Tennessee is one of the only places in the world that is home to a rare type of firefly? They light up together, completely in sync with each other. Synchronous fireflies (Photinus carolinus) are one of at least 19 species of fireflies that live in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. They are the only species in America whose individuals can synchronize their flashing light patterns. Once fireflies reach the age for which they can fly around and light up, they only live for about 21 days. That means the phenomenon that happens in Tennessee is only viewable for about three weeks per year.The largest population of these synchronous fireflies in the Western Hemisphere is right here, close to home at Elkmont Campground. Every year, in late May and early June, the Elkmont fireflies (sometimes also referenced to as Sugarlands Visitor Center fireflies) light up the sky. Located eight miles from Gatlinburg, Tennessee, Elkmont Campground is the largest and busiest campground in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. At an elevation of 2,150 feet, the area enjoys a moderate climate, characterized by mild winters and hot, humid summers.For the last few years the National Park Service has used a lottery system to allow only 1,800 cars to park at the Sugarlands Visitor Center during the 8-day event (225 per day). The lottery works like this: You apply on their page during the three-day application period, choosing two possible dates that you would like to attend. About a week later you will receive notice whether your application was accepted or not. If you were accepted you will pay a $20 reservation fee. On the day you are scheduled for, you will show your ID and your parking pass at the Sugarlands Visitor Center. Then you will board a trolley for Elkmont Campground.If you are not fortunate enough to score parking passes for the main event at Elkmont, don’t be discouraged. Consider visiting within three days either side of the event when passes are not required. The synchronous fireflies can also be found at the backend of Cades Cove (near the Abrams Falls trailhead) or at Cataloochee Valley. It also appears in recent years that the famous fireflies are showing up in surrounding locations, so as the time approaches stay in touch with your local media outlets or the internet to learn about other locations.Most of us have memories of running around outside on summer nights to watch and catch the fireflies lighting up around us. The synchronous fireflies event is a memory of a lifetime. If you want to experienced it make plans this year to light up your life.

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2019 Memphis in May Festival

Each May Memphis brings the world to Memphis to experience one of the largest festivals in North America. They have something for everyone – from lectures and exhibits, to movie screenings and our core events. Attendees come from all 50 states and several foreign countries during the month of May to our city, one that’s rich in history and experience. This year the focus of the 2019 Memphis in May International Festival will be Memphis and Shelby County. This s a break from the tradition of honoring international countries. This year they celebrate Memphis’ bicentennial and the start of a new century for the city and county.Memphis in May is the official festival of the City of Memphis, the recipient of 206 prestigious Pinnacle Awards from the International Festival and Events Association, and has been named to Travel +Leisure’s International List of Festivals Worth Traveling For. The Beale Street Music Festival was named one of the World’s Top Festivals by Fest300.Memphis in May hosts the city’s largest events like the Beale Street Music Festival and the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest.Celebrate Memphis has been added to the Festival lineup, promising to be spectacular salute during the month-long event. On May 25, Celebrate Memphis will honor the past and celebrate the future with the music, food and art that make this part of Tennessee unique.Memphis in May salutes Memphis and Shelby County, Tennessee, celebrating 200 years and a new century of soul!www.memphisinmay.org

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22nd Annual National Cornbread Festival

On April 27th and 28th of 2019, over 27,000 festival-goers from throughout the southeast gather in South Pittsburg to enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of the 23rd Annual National Cornbread Festival. Located 30 miles west of Chattanooga, TN, this quaint southern town hosts a celebration of cornbread, often considered the cornerstone of southern cuisine.In 1996, the National Cornbread Festival started to promote civic engagement and help local businesses. Lodge, local maker of world-class cast iron cookware seemed the perfect fit for a food-oriented festival. The community created a non-profit organization with volunteers, businesses and organizations joining in to produce the first annual festival in 1997.Now over 350+ community volunteers of all ages put on this wonderful festival every year. Over 15+ committees drive the planning and execution of this fun-filled weekend. All proceeds are distributed into the community through donations and other improvement projects. To date they have built and supported athletic facilities, supported boy scouts, schools and day cars, donated to theaters, churches and libraries, restored historical buildings and much more.The festival is packed with great family fun including a Kid’s Corner with games, face painting, and inflatables. There are games, carnival rides, and booths hosting cornbread, handmade crafts, honey, fudge and rock candies that line the streets of historic South Pittsburg, live entertainment throughout the festival with tours of the historic homes and the Lodge® Cast Iron Foundry as well.Major events during the festival include the National Lodge® Cast Iron Cornbread Cook- off, Cornbread 5K race, Classic Car Cruise-in and Cornbread Eating Contests. The best part is strolling down Cornbread Alley to taste amazing variations of this staple of southern cuisine.Feeling creative…give it try! Take this basic three ingredient cornbread recipe and add you own special touch like cheese, bacon, peppers, oranges, or add them all. Bake your amazing original cornbread to your family’s delight!Southern Cornbread RecipeIngredients:1 Cup White Self-Rising CornmealEgg1 Cup – Enough buttermilk to make thin batterDirections:Bake for 20 minutes or until nicely browned.

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MACA

This season, Monroe Area Council for the Arts celebrates twenty years of memorable performances with Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT). In the past two decades, countless memories have been made as children of all ages throughout Monroe County audition, rehearse and perform an imaginative and entertaining play directed by MCT tour actor/directors.“Missoula Children’s Theatre has been a part of our annual performance series for twenty years, positively impacting the lives of our local children,” said Alan Jackson, Executive Director of MACA. “What they accomplish in one week is amazing. The shows always delight an audience of all ages. We are thankful to share this great children’s theatre in our community.”From the initial performance in 1999, this event has offered kids a chance to perform on stage in front of hundreds of people, including local schools and a general audience of local residents. This opportunity has been instrumental in providing not only on stage direction but a path toward future endeavors in the performing arts.Mia Sage Lowry Beason of Madisonville is a testimony to the impacting experiences of MCT. When Lowry Beason was just a small child, her parents knew they had an imaginative young lady on their hands. Lowry Beason’s flair for acting was apparent, as she was often found in elaborate outfits from her mother’s closet, practicing favorite Disney film dialogues.The Monroe County native’s affinity for the theatrical lead her to a Missoula Children’s Theatre audition when she was in fifth grade, and that moment changed her life in a number of ways.“For my life, theatre has been a journey of personal development. I would have never found my true self or had the confidence to speak in front of people without the opportunities I was given with the MACA and Missoula Children’s Theatre,” said Lowry Beason.Lowry Beason’s debut performance for Missoula Children’s Theatre in 1999 was the role of Mom Munch of the Munch Kin in the performance of “Wiz of the West.” “It was a small group that year. Over time, auditions for Missoula performances through MACA have grown to the point that it’s not uncommonto have more than a hundred children trying out for roles,” said Lowry Beason. “I lovedthe audition process. It felt like a game. The experience was so incredible, I knew theatre was the thing for me.”Missoula Children’s Theatre is the nation’s largest touring children’s theatre, touring for almost fifty years with teams of actor/ directors. Lowry Beason has been a child actor, youth assistant director and a tour actor/director with the company.“In sixth grade, I attended camp in Sealy Lake, Montana. We learned so much about touring and acting as a profession and worked on further developing our theatre skills. It was hard work, but I loved every minute,” said Lowry Beason. “After that summer I knew someday I would spend time as a tour actor/director. I never knew I was funny. I discovered so much about myself. Public speaking is one of the biggest fears for most people. Having a chance to overcome that from a young age is such a valuable experience in itself,” said Lowry Beason.After earning her degree, Lowry Beason returned to Monroe County and to the classrooms she had known a child. She soon realized her experience with Missoula had influenced her teaching methods. During the summer, Lowry Beason worked with MCT from daylight to dark. The program emphasizes the importance of each child’s experience. Lowry Beason says that emphasis on the child’s experience has become a major focus as a teacher.“When I came back, I was a different teacher. Being a part of Missoula really impacted the way I teach. I have been fortunate to have had the presence of Monroe  Arts performances, events and activities throughout my school career. The fact that this community chooses to wrap their arms around the children and let them shine is a very special thing.”This year, MCT will arrive in Monroe County to embark on an adventure with the legendary Robin Hood, Maid Marian, the Sheriff of Nottingham and a host of others in a musical wonderland as the Missoula Children’s Theatre andmore than 50 local students present an original musical adaptation of ROBIN HOOD. The time of the performance is simply long ago, and the place is the magical, mythical Sherwood Forest. Our hero, Robin Hood, and his Merry Bandof colorful characters seek the help of the Foresters, manage to waylay the Aristocrats and set out to rescue Maid Marian and Marian’s Maid. Prince John tries to stay calm as his Sheriff, guards and horsemen botch Robin’s arrest, thanks to the aromatic Skunks. Wacky humor and an original score add to this fresh new look at a legendary outlaw in a legendary time.

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Monroe Life Balloon Fiesta

NEW BIGGER LOCATION
SEQUOYAH BIRTHPLACE MUSEUM, VONORE

The 6th Annual Monroe Life Balloon Fiesta will return to East Tennessee at The Sequoyah Birthplace Museum in Vonore, Tennessee. Enjoy balloon rides, live music, food, games, an inflatable Kid’s Zone and much more all while supporting CASA Monroe. The two-day Balloon Fiesta begins on Saturday, September 1st from 2pm – 10pm, and runs through Sunday, September 2nd, from 2pm – 10pm. The finale each night will be a Balloon Glow set to music with over 22+ colorful hot air balloons beginning at dusk. “We are delighted to be bringing back a fall family favorite to East Tennessee,” says Lisa Bingham, publisher of Monroe Life Magazine and owner of The Bingham Group, a long-time supporter of CASA Monroe. “We have 22+ of the most talented balloon pilots in the country excited to entertain the community. We invite everyone to come out and join in the celebration!”

Buy tickets EARLY or at the gate.
We will have separate gates for attendees that already have tickets.

www.monroelifeballoonfiesta.com

This is a rain or shine event. No Refunds. Balloons will fly weather permitting.

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Art on the Square

Coming soon to Monroe County is an inaugural event you will not want to miss — Art on the Square!This two-day art extravaganza will feature fine art, crafts and jewelry for both show and sale in the Historic Town Square of Tellico Plains. Come on down September 12th and 13th from 10am to 5pm and discover the talents of local Monroe County artists…and even a few pieces from those beyond our fair county.Art on the Square will provide artists with a venue to showcase their work and make their pieces accessible to those who wish to purchase and support art in the area. Works on display will include paintings, wood turnings, pottery and sculpture — there will surely be a little of something for everyone!In addition to featuring the talents of our local artists, there will also be music, children’s art activities and a student art display. Be sure to check out the hospitality booth, as well, for information regarding the artists and for coupons and/or special events the Tellico Plains merchants may be having in conjunction with the art show.This event is sponsored by the Tellico Plains Outreach Committee and Artists Association of Monroe County (AAMC). The purpose of the AAMC is to promote artistic development and growth of visual fine artists in Monroe County and surrounding areas and to further support and encourage creativity and appreciation of and patronage of visual arts through educational programs such as lectures, tours, workshops, classes and exhibits. Membership is open to anyone in Monroe County or the surrounding areas who possesses a sincere interest in promoting the arts. The group meets at 6:30 on the second Thursday of every month.For more information about AAMC or Art on the Square, contact Shelia Holbo of Scott Street Gallery at 423-253-7677. You can also contact the group via email at aamc.madisonville@gmail.com.

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Sweetwater High School Class of 1965 – 50 year Class Reunion

On September 12, 2015, the 1965 Class of Sweetwater High School celebrated their 50 year class reunion. This reunion was held at Springbrook Country Club in Niota. There were 54 classmates, along with some spouses, in attendance. We have sadly lost 23 of our classmates in the last fifty years. Three, out of the five, Class Officers were also able to attend. Two classmates traveled over five hundred miles one way to attend. Classmates received a program that included their senior picture and much recent information on each one.

Thank you to the ladies who worked many hours to make the reunion a success. After much laughter, reminiscing, eating and taking pictures, it was sad to see everyone going their separate ways just as they had fifty years ago.

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Rocky Top Run

Announcing the 2nd Annual Rocky Top Run!  It will be held in beautiful downtown Sweetwater on October 26, 2014, at 2:00 P.M.Our initial Run was also held last year in October in memory of Greg Collette, with proceeds benefiting the Greg Collette Scholarship through the Sweetwater Education Foundation.   The “visualization” of this run came from Marcella Cooper.  We had great success with the first race.  There were approximately 350 runners and walkers, not to mention the many volunteers and on-lookers that helped to support this event, including the businesses here and surrounding areas.Kevin Mahan, our race timer, from Endurance Sports Management informed our committee that he had never seen so many people turn out for a first race.  We attribute that, in part, to the benefit of living in a small community.  The people here are loving, caring,  and extremely supportive of each other.  We also had many others that drove to Sweetwater to participate. Some who knew Greg well and others who wanted to show support.  We would like to thank all who were involved to make this dream a reality!We wanted to keep Greg’s memory alive and his giving to others with the Rocky Top Run.   We had plans of helping one graduating senior from Sweetwater High School with proceeds from the run.   Due to the great  success of the Run, we were able to help two seniors in realizing their dreams of furthering their educations. Our recipients of the 2014 scholarships were Heath Hill and Laint Moser.  They both will be attending ETSU in the fall.  We wish them the best of luck.Now a little bit about the awesome person this race was designed to honor.  The man you are running in honor of was one of the most gentle, kind and quietly giving person you would ever meet.  The many kind acts that he did for others you would never hear him speak of, only the recipient of his kindness would utter the words.Greg was quick witted and enjoyed the moment he was in.  He was so easy going that all he met seemed to become his good friends.  On the run, you will see places that Greg frequented. His place of worship, First Baptist Church, his home on South High Street, where many UT games were watched and celebrated.  UT was his alma mater.  Then, the run will take you on to Sweetwater High School where he graduated and shared many fond memories with his classmates and continued to attend events there.  He made sure that his relationships with his closest friends flourished into his adult life.  The Rocky Top Run will continue on to Willow Creek, where Greg walked, ran, and exercised on a daily basis, training for his first 5K.  He had found a way to get healthy and tried to motivate those around him to get moving!We welcome you to join us in celebrating the life of Greg Collette. Help us keep his memory alive by continuing to give to others as he would have. Please come and participate with us in any way you can  …  run, walk, talk, volunteer, support, clap, yell … just whatever your talents are.Remember the race date:  October 26, 2014, at 2:00 P.M.So get moving with the Rocky Top Run!  We can’t wait to see you there.Contact:  Event Coordinator MarcellaCell Phone:  423  836-0963

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