Thousands celebrate Happy Holler community

Thousands celebrate Happy Holler community

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"It really shows that this part of the city is vibrant and growing and is just fun," said Knox County Commissioner Amy Broyles who represents the neighborhood. "It really shows that this part of the city is vibrant and growing and is just fun," said Knox County Commissioner Amy Broyles who represents the neighborhood.
"We know where our roots are, where we come from, but we're also progressive, so there's a good mix of old and new in this area," said Jessie Evans. "We know where our roots are, where we come from, but we're also progressive, so there's a good mix of old and new in this area," said Jessie Evans.
"Oh, North Knoxville is neat, yes it is, it's different," said Knoxville resident Pam Davenport. "Oh, North Knoxville is neat, yes it is, it's different," said Knoxville resident Pam Davenport.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Thousands of people were in North Knoxville Saturday for the 8th annual "Happy Hollerpalooza" street fair.

The community is located off North Central Street. It's added several new shops and restaurants over the past few years.

Many say the neighborhood's success has grown with the festival's popularity. 

"Oh, North Knoxville is neat, yes it is, it's different," said Knoxville resident Pam Davenport.

"It really shows that this part of the city is vibrant and growing and is just fun," said Knox County Commissioner Amy Broyles who represents the neighborhood.

The annual Hollerpalooza street fair has become a way to showcase the up-and-coming Old North Knoxville neighborhood.

"We know where our roots are, where we come from, but we're also progressive, so there's a good mix of old and new in this area," said Jessie Evans.

Organizers say around 8,000 people attended the festival throughout the day, the most in the festival's eight year history.

Jessie Evans opened an antique store in Happy Holler in 2005.

Evans and her family played a hand in starting what would become the Happy Hollerpalozza festival the same year.

"We noticed a lot people coming down that maybe didn't know we were here or they didn't know the stores were here or what we had in happy holler," said Evans.

Festival organizers say the key to the neighborhood's success is businesses old and new that have moved to Happy Holler and have never left.

The Original Freezo ice cream shop has been in the area for more than 50 years.

During the street fair there was also a fundraiser for the Fulton High School band.

No word yet on how much they raised, but organizers say the band has grown to include 75 students.

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