This year’s MusicFest, presented by Shop Farragut/Farragut Business Alliance, drew a record crowd to West End Center Friday, July 9 — and still managed an estimated 600 attendees Saturday, July 10, despite evening thunderstorms.
Vendor booths, from food and cold desserts to crafts and service businesses, lined West End Center’s parking lot, while festival-goers stopped by or sat under the giant tent to enjoy the weekend entertainment, as children enjoyed waving ribbons and playing carnival games.
Stephen Krempasky, Shop Farragut executive director, expressed his pleasure with the free event.
“We had a record crowd for a (Friday) night — around 900,” he said. “That was amazing.”
Saturday’s event also went “amazingly well, until the storm hit us a little after 6 o’clock,” Krempasky said. “We lost three prime hours on Saturday because of the storm — the dinner hour.
“But the musicians carried on after the storm,” he added.
Despite Saturday’s weather, “vendors were pleased with the turnout,” he said. “Many of them are coming back for Dog Daze (Aug. 13-15) and are looking forward to next year already.”
With lots of local flavor from musical entertainers, Friday night’s line-up featured Solstice, Common Interest, Pale Root and Mighty Blue.
Saturday’s performers, who started with blues while adding some 1970s’ rock and even including some country, were Barry Faust & Ben Kreiger, Rey Pineda & Friends, Bonfire Blue, Mystic Rhythm Tribe, Few Miles On and Doug and Johnny.