Foothills Fall Festival set for weekend of good times and weather, too
Let the party begin. The Foothills Fall Festival is happening Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Since the first festival in 2000, it’s become a tradition for Blount Countians and beyond.
One of Hank Williams Sr.’s tunes catches the flavor of the celebration that annually smothers downtown Maryville with sounds of upbeat music and aromas of fair food.
“Hey, hey, good lookin’ / Whatcha got cookin’? / How’s about cookin’ somethin’ up with me? / Hey, sweet baby, / Don’t you think maybe / We could find us a brand new recipe? / I got a hot-rod Ford and a two-dollar bill / And I know a spot right over the hill. / There’s soda pop and the dancin’s free.”
Who knows? Maybe one of the entertainers will revive that Hank Sr. classic. There will be lots of entertainers with the opportunity. Check out the lineup ready to rock and more on the Theater in the Park stage: Steve Rutledge, Jerrod Niemann, Gary Allan, Jesse Gregory, Jeff Jopling Band, Kudzu, Bridgette Tatum, Lauren Alaina, Andy Grammer, Train, Pistol Creek Catch of the Day, Brad Blackwell, The Farm Thompson Square, Darius Rucker.
And that’s only on the main stage in Jack Greene Park below the Blount County Courthouse. The rest of the entertainment is free and spread from the Downtown ArtWay on Broadway to Adventure Land along the newly refurbished and just refilled Greenbelt Lake.
Not familiar with some of the entertainers? Here’s your chance to find out about ’em. Let’s put it this way: If they couldn’t play they wouldn’t be invited to this game. This celebration has earned a reputation for delivering the entertainment goods.
Part of the charm — and the exceptional value of the Foothills Fall Festival — is that over a three-day period visitors are entertained by a wide variety of performers for the price of a $60 pass. That’s a deal.
To put a spin on Hank’s opening lyrics: Hey, hey it’s lookin’ good. Indeed it is, according to the National Weather Service. We’ve just had a taste cool and damp autumn weather, but the forecasters are calling for a fabulous fall weekend: highs in the mid-70s on Friday and upper 70s Saturday and Sunday. Partly sunny skies are predicted over all three days with just a 20 percent chance of showers.
Need to know more? Call 273-3445 or check online at http://www.foothillsfallfestival.com .
“How’s about cookin’ somethin’ up with” the Foothills Fall Festival?