Hundreds turn out for Honor Fountain City Day

Hundreds turn out for Honor Fountain City Day

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“I see my friends that I don't see very often. It's just a beautiful place and a lot of good vendors and it’s just nice to see old friends,” said Temple. “I see my friends that I don't see very often. It's just a beautiful place and a lot of good vendors and it’s just nice to see old friends,” said Temple.
Carla Loftis has lived in Fountain City for almost 50 years and she has been coming to the park for Honor Fountain City Day since it started almost 39 years ago. Carla Loftis has lived in Fountain City for almost 50 years and she has been coming to the park for Honor Fountain City Day since it started almost 39 years ago.
The event provided live music, good food and entertainment for the kids. The event provided live music, good food and entertainment for the kids.
By STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Reporter

FOUNTAIN CITY (WATE) - Hundreds gathered at Fountain City Park Monday for the annual Honor Fountain City Day. The event started in 1976 and has been going strong ever since.

The chairman of the Fountain City Town Hall said it’s a time to connect as a community and remember our service members who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice.

The event provided live music, good food and entertainment for the kids. The event ended at 4:30 pm with a Memorial Day service at the Fountain City Lake.

Carla Loftis has lived in Fountain City for almost 50 years and she has been coming to the park for Honor Fountain City Day since it started almost 39 years ago.

"It brings people together and it gives closeness to the community by showing the strong people in our community,” Loftis said.

This year Loftis brought her four-year-old granddaughter, Haley.

"We get to enjoy food we get to ride horses and my granddaughter I get to enjoy her,” says Loftis.

According to Fountain City Town Chair, Daniel Dunn, Honor Fountain City Day started in 1975 after the city was annexed by the City of Knoxville. He says the event gives the community a chance to come together and have a voice in local government.

Monday it was fun for the entire family, with good food, great toe-tapping music, arts and crafts, as well as entertainment.

“It’s just a great opportunity to kind of spend some time together and also honor our veterans,” said Dunn.

Bob Temple is a veteran and long-time resident of Fountain City. He moved from Nashville to Fountain City in 1938. He helped build the stage at the first Honor Fountain City Day event and he’s been attending ever since.

“I see my friends that I don't see very often. It's just a beautiful place and a lot of good vendors and it’s just nice to see old friends,” said Temple.

Honor Fountain City Day ends with a ceremony to honor our veterans and fallen service members.

"I am very proud of them for what they have done for us because this would not be without them,” Loftis said.

Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero was a key speaker during the ceremony, recognizing community members for their work in Fountain City.

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