Photo by Tracey Wolfe
Grainger Today Editor
BEAN STATION – Sunny days and summery temperatures greeted festival goers during Bean Station’s Harvest Pride Festival.
Many runners participating in Friday’s Night Owl 5K Run/Walk were wearing shorts due to the unseasonably warm weather.
Entertainment, activities, shopping and dining options lined the area as attendees filled the festival grounds, Saturday.
A move of the music stage to the area in front of the Town Hall, near the food court, was new for this year, allowing those indulging in sweet and savory festival fare to be entertained as they dined.
Classic cars lined the grass in front of the Bean Station History Museum as they cruised in for the Hamblen County Car Club’s cruise in, also a first this year.
Saturday afternoon brought racing excitement as Bean Station Chief of Police Chad Seal and Grainger County Sheriff James Harville faced off on the street and pedaled their way to a tie finish in a one-on-one race during the tricycle races.
Both were left in the dust during later races, as some of the area’s speediest pedalers experienced the thrill of the chase, racing Harville and Seal in several age group races. Seal also took on a couple of his officers in a BSPD-only match, leading the way until a broken chain left him out of the race.
Sunday morning began with a community church service hosted by Barnard’s Grove Baptist Church at the Harris Court pavilion.
Once again, the sun shined on attendees as they took advantage of the final day of perusing vendor booths, listening to the sounds of local talented performers and feasting on festival fare, prior to the close of the festival.