Vestival fun conquers rainy day

Betsy PickleOur Town Neighbors, South Knox

Rain played peekaboo at Vestival on Saturday, but that didn’t stop 900 people from enjoying themselves at the (nearly) annual celebration on the Candoro Marble grounds in South Knoxville’s Vestal neighborhood.

Music flowed, kids got their faces painted and puppets roamed around as attendees munched on pizza cones, homemade sausage, funnel cake and shaved ice. In addition to multiple crafty vendors, there were booths for the Candoro Arts & Heritage Center, the South Knoxville Neighborhood & Business Coalition, Vestal United Methodist Church and the East Tennessee Bluegrass Association.

Dragonfly Aerial & Circus Arts and the Cattywampus Puppet Council entertained both young and old. The Knox County Health Department even came to share information about the still-threatening Covid-19 virus and to offer vaccinations and boosters.

Despite the mist and rain, cool temperatures brought a welcome contrast to previous hot and humid Vestival celebrations. After this reminder of pre-Covid Vestival, everyone is looking forward to Vestival 2023!

Betsy Pickle is a freelance writer and editor who particularly enjoys spotlighting South Knoxville.

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