By Mallory Leonard
Things kick off on Friday, June 26, at 2:00 with the first of 8 Smoky Mountain Dock Dogs shows at the Greenbelt Park Theater. 6 of the shows will feature the Big Air event, which is the most common discipline in the sport of dock diving. One at a time, the competing dogs run and leap into a pool, pursuing a floatable toy thrown by their trainers. Judges then measure the dogs’ distances from the end of the dock to the base of their tails when they land in the water. Watch videos and learn more at www.smokymountaindockdogs.com, then plan to attend the live performances: Friday at 2:00, 4:00, and 6:30; Saturday at 9:00, 10:30, 1:00, 3:00, and 4:30.
The streets open to the public Friday night at 6:00 with Friday Night Art Walk, the Farmer’s Market, a Kid’s Area, and the First Tennessee Music Stage. These events will be open all evening and all day Saturday starting at 9:00, so attendees have plenty of time to delight in all the creativity.
At 6:30, car lovers can revel in a parade of classics cruising through downtown, courtesy of MuscleCar Ministries, and then the Classic Car Show will begin at 7:00 in the parking lot beside the Greenbelt Park Theater. The fun continues on Saturday with the Napa Know How Auto Fest to benefit Habitat for Humanity. This event includes a pinewood derby at 10:00, where kids will race wooden cars they’ve crafted, and an awards presentation at 3:00.
More awards go out on Saturday for some delicious BBQ! The 2015 Big BBQ Bash will be held on Founder’s Square over both days of Summer on Broadway and will award $10,000 in cash and prizes to the winners. Teams will compete in several categories: Wampler’s Sausage, pork, ribs, chicken, beef brisket, and “anything butt.” Everyone is welcome to observe the masters of American cuisine at work, but be ready to drool. Luckily the planners of Summer on Broadway are anticipating the cravings and providing barbecue for sale during the competition. All proceeds from the Big BBQ Bash will benefit the services of the Helen Ross McNabb Center in Blount County.
Last but far from least, Summer on Broadway is introducing a refreshing new anchor event: Hops in the Hills! Hops in the Hills is a celebration of craft beer consisting of a brew crawl, two seminars, and a festival. On Friday night, brew crawlers can ride a bus to five locations around Maryville that are dedicated to producing and serving quality craft beer—Casual Pint, Barley’s Taproom, Bluetick Brewery, The Switchback, and Smoky Mountain Brewery. Seminars will be held on Saturday, “The Growing of Hops” at 3:00 and “Craft Beer 101” at 3:30. The craft beer festival will finish out the night from 4:00-8:00 and will feature several of the finest local brewers. Tickets are on sale at www.hopsinthehills.com.
Come one, come all, come ready to have a ball!
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