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April 2016

Pavilion Grand Opening

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DowntownGrowing Together!

The long-awaited Pavilion at Founders Park will officially open April 16 during a ribbon-cutting ceremony dubbed “Downtown Growing Together!” The event will run from 10 a.m. to noon.

“We hope that all the city commissioners will be there as well as the members of the Johnson City Development Authority who approved that project,” said Dianna Cantler, downtown development manager for the Washington County Economic Development Council. “We’ll do a dedication and ribbon-cutting (ceremony) and we’ll have activities for kids.

A ”Meet The Farmer“ event will also offer attendees the chance to meet agriculturalists who grow the produce that will be sold at the new Johnson City Farmer’s Market location.

”So often we come to the farmer’s market and don’t have time to really talk with the farmers,“ Cantler said. ”I think people are interested in where their farms are and what it is they plant.“

Heather Shipley, a Johnson City Farmer’s Market vendor for over 10 years, said the farmers who attend are encouraged to bring photographs of their farms and produce.

 ”This gives a connection between the seller and buyer. Hopefully the vendors will bring a picture of what they do and what they sell. It will give them an idea of the selection they’re providing,“ Shipley said.

Cantler said the event will also allow an opportunity for attendees to request certain foods from farmers.

”I want people to get the chance to spend a few minutes talking to the farmers, so they can better serve them,“ Cantler said. ”It’s not only farmers, it’s also folks who do crafts, make soaps and things like that.’’

Shipley said it will be nice for vendors to now have cover, lighting and a bathroom at the new location.

She said the Pavilion at Founders Park won’t fit as many vendors as the former site, but some vendors can use the adjacent 100-space parking lot if needed.

The $2 million pavilion was completed in December after breaking ground in February 2015.

Reservation fees proposed to the City Commission were $300 for a half day and $450 for a full day. The farmer’s market organization will have guaranteed reservations on Wednesdays and Saturdays during harvesting season.

Kids will have the chance to plant their own vegetable during the event and take it home with them to watch it grow. A children’s photo booth, touch a tractor and other activities will also be set up.

Vendors interested in Meet The Farmer can visit

The first Johnson City Farmer’s Market will take place April 23 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Founder’s Park Welcomes 5th Annual Thirsty Orange Brew Extravaganza

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Five years ago if you said the icon of a massive Orange holding a mug of craft beer would be a Tricities celebrity, folks might have thought you drank too much beer yourself.

But Brewski and the Thirsty Orange Brew Extravaganza have managed to squeeze their way to the top of the Tricities Craft Beer Scene (Yes, we have a “scene” now.)

“We’re incredibly proud of what the Thirsty Orange represents to the community, it’s brewers, and craft beer lovers around the state. It’s become a forum for trends in craft beer, and a pinnacle beer event for lovers of the craft,” said event organizer, Stephanie Carson, with SuperFly Fabulous Events.

This year, Thirsty Orange outgrew its space at the Millennium Centre and will move to Founder’s Park. The large grassy area, with a closer proximity to downtown and a scenic park, will provide a perfect space for expansion, says Carson.

“City leaders and the community supported the development of Founder’s Park and we’re excited to help showcase what it can offer in terms of events. The space is giving us plenty of room to expand our footprint to include more craft beer and cider, eye-catching entertainment and more craft vendors,” she said.

The Thirsty Orange has expanded its vendor options with people selling everything from beer bracelets to “Fairy hair”. Additionally, the festival welcomes back the Tennessee Championship of Beer, which is a medal competition among commercial breweries as well as a Home Brew Competition.

This year the festival is expanding its signature Mixology Bar with the help of Universal Wine & Spirits. The store, now with two locations in Johnson City, will offer fresh ingredients to enhance the flavor of the beers offered. Additionally, manager Matt Greene and his team have created Beer Cocktails to offer folks who visit their tent.

The morning of Thirsty Orange will be the Inaugural Running of the Beers (and Ciders). The run, sponsored by Gypsy Circus Cidery Company will circle the circumference of Founder’s Park over a 10-minute period. The people who circle the park the most number of times will win prizes and get to sample Gypsy’s new craft cider. Proceeds from the race will benefit – an organization which offers grants to individuals and families to help offset the cost of adoption.

More information on Thirsty Orange and the Running of the Beers can be found at

Contact SuperFly Fabulous Events at 215.287.7046 for more information.