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Dancing in the street! Little Chicago Downtown Music and Arts Festival 2018

Hannah Swayze • Aug 11, 2018 at 8:43 PM

With Friday’s rain a distant memory, crowds flooded the streets of downtown Johnson City on Saturday to shop local vendors, listen to music, make art and do their fair share of dancing. 

Groups of festival-goers pushed their way along Main Street to take part in the many, many activities provided at the festival. 

One popular activity had locals slipping on their dancing shoes and learning new dancing in the shutdown streets, learning to ballroom dance during the free dance lessons exhibition courtesy of Johnson City Ballroom. 

Couples paired up quickly with ballroom dancers and friends to learn various dances like the tango and the salsa. 

One couple was Pam and Doc Johnson of Jonesborough who, while not professionals, said they had a great time. 

The two had been at the festival for three hours already and had walked up and down the street looking at vendors, gotten hula-hoop lessons from a busker, had lunch at Wild Wing Cafe and explored downtown Johnson City. 

Doc lived in Johnson City as a kid and enjoyed looking around at all the buildings and comparing it to how used to be. 

“This is our first year but we’ll definitely be back next year,” Pam said, immediately followed by a joke about how she’s going to be sore today after all the dancing. 

“At least I can say I got out and I did something on Saturday — I could be at home!”

Dancing was only one of many activities on the long schedule for Saturday, which also included several art throw-downs, live bands, a body-painting competition, storytelling and more. 

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