Foothills Fall Festival kicks off this weekend

Foothills Fall Festival kicks off this weekend


6 News Reporter

MARYVILLE (WATE) - Every year the Foothills Fall Festival is a big hit. It takes place this weekend in Maryville.

Preparations for the festival are already underway. Some big names are scheduled to perform including Reba McEntire and The Band Perry.

Crews with Event Rentals were out early Tuesday morning setting up for the festival at the Theater in the Green.    

"The exact total is somewhere in the neighborhood of 80 tents of various sizes, literally 2,000 chairs and many, many tables," said Brad Phillips, with Event Rentals.

Festival organizers say 15,000 people will fill the area in front of the main stage, where McEntire and The Band Perry will perform.

They estimate 70,000 people will attend the entire festival.

"It brings high quality entertainment to our residents in their own backyard at a very reasonable price," explained Maryville city manager Greg McClain. "It's also important in an economic development standpoint. It drives about 70,000 folks in to our community on that weekend."

This year's tickets to the main stage sold out within the first two weeks. It was one of the fastest sell outs ever.

Despite the festival's popularity, it's not a way for the city to cash in. It's not a money maker," said McClain. "We don't make on money on this effort. It makes just enough to pay for itself."

McClain says from the beginning, they wanted to keep ticket prices low so everyone could enjoy the festival.

He says great sponsors help attract quality acts. "We always have this high standard," said McClain. "We are always asked how you're going to outdo yourself next time, and we seem to keep doing it."

"I was very excited to see The Band Perry coming. Of course, Reba, you got to like Reba," Phillips said.

The Foothills Fall Festival kicks off Friday, and even if you didn't get a ticket to the main show, there are plenty of food and crafts for everyone to enjoy.

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