Vols bye week means busy weekend for festivals in East Tennessee

Vols bye week means busy weekend for festivals in East Tennessee

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The Museum of Appalachia has taken people back in time for 34 years for their homecoming celebration. The Museum of Appalachia has taken people back in time for 34 years for their homecoming celebration.
"I can't remember all the components coming together like it has this year. Beautiful weekend, no threat of rain, a bye weekend, lots of great things going on, beautiful fall colors, so it's a perfect weekend," explained Elaine Meyer. "I can't remember all the components coming together like it has this year. Beautiful weekend, no threat of rain, a bye weekend, lots of great things going on, beautiful fall colors, so it's a perfect weekend," explained Elaine Meyer.
Across town in Maryville, Vol fans put their tailgating chairs to a different use this weekend as they lined up early for the Foothills Fall Festival. Across town in Maryville, Vol fans put their tailgating chairs to a different use this weekend as they lined up early for the Foothills Fall Festival.
"It's a big thing for community, UT football, we like to do things when there aren't other things that impact our community," said director of the festival Jane Groff. "Plus this also means there are more hotels available for festival goers." "It's a big thing for community, UT football, we like to do things when there aren't other things that impact our community," said director of the festival Jane Groff. "Plus this also means there are more hotels available for festival goers."
"We would be watching the Vol game at home or at Neyland stadium if it was on a football weekend," explained Caryville resident Kelly Thompson at the Fall Homecoming festival. "We would be watching the Vol game at home or at Neyland stadium if it was on a football weekend," explained Caryville resident Kelly Thompson at the Fall Homecoming festival.

By ALEXIS ZOTOS
6 News Reporter

NORRIS (WATE) - Music, activities and the perfect October day brought the crowds out in full force to festivals across East Tennessee on Saturday.

The Museum of Appalachia has taken people back in time for 34 years for their homecoming celebration.

"I can't remember all the components coming together like it has this year. Beautiful weekend, no threat of rain, a bye weekend, lots of great things going on, beautiful fall colors, so it's a perfect weekend," explained Elaine Meyer, the President of the Museum of Appalachia.

With no football to compete, festivals like the Tennessee Fall Homecoming are seeing a big boost in the crowd from visitors who would normally be watching the Vols.

"We would be watching the Vol game at home or at Neyland stadium if it was on a football weekend," explained Caryville resident Kelly Thompson at the Fall Homecoming festival.

Across town in Maryville, Vol fans put their tailgating chairs to a different use this weekend as they lined up early for the Foothills Fall Festival.

"We've been here since about five this morning," said Kristy Davis of Maryville.

Music acts like Lynyrd Skynyrd had Davis and other concert goers excited they had nowhere else to be.

"It's really a good idea to do this on a bye week, even though when they do things like this on a game weekend we would still listen to the game on a radio," Davis said.

Foothills Fall Festival organizers are thrilled with this year's attendance, always preferring years that land on a bye week.

"It's a big thing for community, UT football, we like to do things when there aren't other things that impact our community," said director of the festival Jane Groff. "Plus this also means there are more hotels available for festival goers that come from out of town."

With musical performances like Lynyrd Skynyrd on Saturday and Rascall Flatts on Sunday, Gross says tickets are almost sold out.

"This is definitely one of our best years yet," Gross said.

The stage at the Tennessee Fall Homecoming event is also jam-packed with musical guests on Saturday and Sunday but organizers believe the area festivals all work together.

"I don't think we compete, everything compliments, everyone does something a little different so I think we all mesh well," explained Meyer. "We all support each other and encourage people do other things in the area."

For tickets and information on the Foothills Fall Festival click here.

For tickets and information on Tennessee Fall Homecoming click here.

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