Town readies for Biz Mixer, Great Farragut Sidewalk Sale, Dog Daze 8 July 16-Aug. 11

Shop Farragut/Farragut Business Alliance has plans to keep the summer active with its new The Great Farragut Sidewalk Sale initiative and Dog Daze 8 from mid-July into the second week of August.

“I’m real excited,” SF/FBA executive director Steve Krempasky said. “We’re getting a lot of response from vendors that are coming forward to participate in Dog Daze.”

For starters, however, SF/FBA will host a BIZ Mixer from 4 to 6 p.m., Tuesday, July 16, at Hurricane Cycles, 138 West End Ave. in West End shopping center.

Krempasky said the mixer, co-hosted by TDS Telecom, is an “exciting and informative networking opportunity.”

The sidewalk sale, being held in conjunction with the statewide Tax-Free Weekend, will take place all day, starting when stores open, Friday through Sunday, July 26-28, throughout Town.

The Great Farragut Sidewalk Sale is a new initiative to Shop Farragut.

“We’re going to piggy-back on the Back to School initiative and get sales tax off sales,” Krempasky said. “We’re turning it into an entire event for Farragut.

“Each business has the ability to do a special event,” he said. For instance, Hearthside Bank, event sponsor, plans to cook food during the sale.

Usually, businesses cannot put items outside of their stores without a special event permit and normally need to do paperwork with the Town to get a special event.

By participating, “we will take care of the paperwork,” Krempasky said. “(Businesses) just need to sign up their shop … that allows them to get a (special event) permit.”

“We want to turn this event into one similar to a Highway 27 yard sale” he said. “I want to make it annual event.

“We encourage businesses to do something special,” Krempasky added.

“It will allow all Farragut-based businesses, registered through Shop Farragut, to special promotional opportunities, relaxed special event permits and temporary signage requirements, plus opportunities to utilize discounted advertising in a special tab distributed by the farragutpress,” Krempasky stated on the Shop Farragut website.

“This is your opportunity to take your business outside,” he stated on the website. “Let’s make Farragut an outside shopping mall! Move tables of merchandise or promotional materials to your sidewalks or parking lots. Add tents, games, music, food trucks (officially permitted) or other activities to draw people to your stores.”

Then, SF/FBA will host Dog Daze 8, presented by TDS Telecom Friday through Sunday, Aug. 9-11, in Village Green shopping center.

Krempasky said he is accepting vendor applications now at

The event is a three-day festival with food, shopping and canine competitions.

“Shop Farragut, with support from the Town of Farragut, has teamed up with Smoky Mountain Dock Dogs and Ricki’s Pet Depot to bring the nationally sanctioned regional canine aquatics competition by Dock Dogs International to Farragut,” Krempasky said. “There will be more than 400 jumps with 150 competitors.”

Shop Farragut will move into fall with Harvestfest in October.

For more information about Shop Farragut events, e-mail to or call 865-307-2486.