Grainger Today Editor
BEAN STATION – The 21st Harvest Pride Festival begins Friday, when entertainment and activities, and vendors offering arts, crafts and a variety of foods will line Main Street in front of Bean Station Town Hall.
The festival will begin with the Night Owl 5K Run/Walk, Friday evening. There will be music and vendors onsite for the race, which will begin at 8 p.m. Registration will take place from 6 until 7:30 p.m. The cost to participate is $20, and all proceeds will benefit Bean Station Elementary School.
An awards ceremony will be held following the 5K. Awards will be given to the overall male and female, with first-place winners receiving $100 and a plaque, and second-place winners receiving a plaque. Individual awards will be given in each age category.
The festivities will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday morning, with plenty of entertainment, shopping and dining opportunities.
Live musical performances will begin at 9:30 a.m. when Christin Greenlee takes the music stage in front of Town Hall. Performances will continue throughout the day including:
9:30 – 10 a.m.
10:15 – 10:45 a.m.
11- 11:45 a.m.
The Oldies but Goodies
12 – 12:30 p.m.
12:45 – 1:15 p.m.
1:30 – 2 p.m.
The Brooks Family
2:15 – 2:45 p.m.
Mooresburg/Bean Station Girls Softball
3 – 3:30 p.m.
Those hoping to get a jump on their Christmas shopping will find a number of unique gift ideas offered by vendors along Main Street, throughout the day. A variety of sweet and savory festival foods will be found at the food court, in front of Town Hall.
The Hamblen County Car Club will host a cruise-in as part of the festival this year. Vehicles will enter the cruise-in area from Dogwood Lane, through the parking lot of the Bean Station Senior Center. Only vintage cars may participate in the cruise-in.
Participants in this year’s tricycle race will have the opportunity to try to outrun a cop, without the worry of facing charges.
Racers of all ages will line up against one of Bean Station’s finest, but who will chase whom? The races will begin at 1 p.m. at the intersection of Broadway Drive and Main Street. Participants will be divided by age into age groups of seven and under, eight to 12 years old, 13 to 18 years old and 18 years old and older.
Sunday’s celebration will begin with worship at the Harris Court Pavilion. Barnard’s Grove Baptist Church will host Sunday morning service beginning at 10:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Festival activities will resume at noon, Sunday. Caleb Johnson will perform on the music stage from 1:30 to 2 p.m., followed by Willa Wittekind from 2:15 until 2:45 p.m. Johnson will again take the stage from 3 until 3:30 p.m.
The festival will close Sunday at 4 p.m.
Main Street will be closed from City Drive to Dogwood Lane, and Broadway Drive will be closed at the intersection of Rocky Springs Road, beginning at 9 a.m., Friday.
Parking will be available on Main Street, on either side of the festival, and on Broadway Drive.
No motorized vehicles will be allowed inside the festival area with the exception of mobility scooters.
No parking will be allowed inside the festival area for anyone, including vendors.
Vendors may begin setting up booths Friday, from noon until 6 p.m. Vehicles must be removed from the street by 6 p.m., Friday, due to the 5K race. Vendors may reenter the festival area following the race.
Vendors may enter the grounds Saturday, from 7 until 8:30 a.m., to continue setting up.
The festival will be open to the public Friday, from 7 until 9:30 p.m., Saturday, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., and Sunday, from 12 until 4 p.m.
For the map and list of entertainers and vendors, see pages GT6-GT7 in the print version.