Fall Festival Kicks Off

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Thousands of people are bundling up this weekend and braving these cooler temperatures for the 7th Annual Foothills Fall Festival in Maryville.

As Volunteer TV's Allison Hunt explains, just ask the people who come out year after year for the event what makes this festival so special.

Maryville was filled with the sounds of the 7th annual Foothills Fall Festival Friday night. Folks are coming from near and far to enjoy the weekend.

"It brings a lot of stuff to this city here because we've come a long ways to get here you know. It's a good thing, all cities should have something like this," festival goer David Hall said.

People waited almost 8 hours to get first dibs on the best seats in the house, and that gave them a chance to get to know each other. Something they say the festival is all about.

"We don't' learn a lot of their names, but we enjoy talking to a lot of the people here," Hall said.

"I knew there'd be a lot of people here. I knew there'd be a lot of talent and entertainment," festival goer Chad England said.

And entertainment is one of the reasons so many come to Greenbelt Park each year.

"I love Sister Hazel, he's playing tonight, and my sister is a huge fan of Shawn Mullins, so she said I had to see him," festival goer Keeley Nash said.

"Clay walker, he was here a couple of years ago and he puts on a really good show," festival goer Angie Black said.

"We mostly wanted to come see Randy Travis," Hall said.

But it's not just the country music that draws in the crowds...

"Just the atmosphere. I mean all the leaves are changing and people come from everywhere for this thing, so just the food and everything you can buy, and the arts and crafts was awesome today!" Nash said.

And those fans who have come to the festival every year say it's something you don't want to miss.

"It's just a great weekend. If you haven't ever been, you need to try to come," festival goer Angie Black said.

The festival continues through Sunday. Gates open Saturday morning at 11:00 and noon on Sunday. A few big names this year include Deana Carter on Saturday and Randy Travis on Sunday.