We expect attendance at the 15th annual Blue Plum Festival, which is now underway in downtown Johnson City, will set a record this year. And why shouldn’t it? The crowds for the three-day festival have only gotten bigger year after year.
That doesn’t mean, however, organizers can rest on their laurels. There are always some problems that come with such lofty undertakings. It’s just a fact of life.
This weekend’s festival has literally (and we mean literally in the traditional sense of the word) many moving parts. There is a bicycle race, a foot race and activities for children that involve a lot of things in motion.
It’s amazing to see so many things happening all at once in a business district that was pretty much left for dead two decades ago.
As we’ve said in this space many times before, Blue Plum is a pleasant surprise for folks who have not visited downtown in a while. They will discover a number of new businesses and restaurants downtown that have become the talk of the region.
Much of the credit for this has to go to Friends of Olde Downtowne, which created the Blue Plum Festival to bring people and attention to downtown Johnson City.
As we’ve note earlier, it’s no easy undertaking to put on an event like Blue Plum. That’s why we are asking readers today to send us your thoughts on the festival. Tell us what you like and dislike about Blue Plum.
Is parking adequate? If not, tell what you suggest should be done to improve it.
How’s the food? Are there types of vendors you would like to see added to the festival’s food court?
What do you think of the music lineup? Do you have any suggestions for improving the music fare at Blue Plum?
Send your comments to Mailbag, P.O. Box 1717, Johnson City, TN 37605-1717, or email@example.com. Please include your name, telephone number and address for verification.
We will share your suggestions with our readers in the coming weeks.