By Paul Kavanaugh
Anticipation has been building for weeks; it’s finally here. Holston Riverfest and the Thunder in the Mountains Fall Rod Rally kick off Friday at the Holston River Brewing Company. There are myriad activities for young and old alike. The car show has already seen quite a few entrants and many more will begin arriving at 9:00 AM on Friday. The actual show kicks off at 3:00, running until 9:00 on Friday and 9:00 – 9:00 Saturday. In addition to a spectacular array of cars, bikes and trucks, events include burnout contests, flame throwing contests and a Tug of War. The Brewery installed a professional burnout pad for the RatRod show in June and intends to make full use of it for this weekend.
The kids can try out the dunk tank and play Cornhole in between trying some of the delectable offerings from the many vendors setting up. Food trucks will be on hand and the Brewery will also have its kitchen going full blast. Holston River was the first brewery in Bristol and they will be showcasing their many offerings throughout the festival. Personally, I recommend the 423, named after the area code – quite delicious!
No festival would be complete without an outstanding music lineup, and Riverfest is no exception. Shenandoah takes the main stage at 8:40 Saturday night, topping off a full weekend of great entertainment. Friday night brings the eclectic showman Upchurch the Redneck to the main stage at 8:00. A high energy show, this one is not for the kiddies.
Saturday starts with Dylan Schneider at 4:00 followed by these bands:
Jackie Lee at 4:50 / Ashley McBryde at 5:40 / LANCO at 6:30 / Darryl Worley at 7:20
It is only $5 for a day pass or $15 for the whole weekend. Vehicles in the show can register for only $10, $20 including a weekend pass for all the activities. Camping is available and they are set up to handle overflow at nearby Shadrack Campground.
This is going to be one fun filled festival. Head on out to Holston River Brewing Company and enjoy a great fall weekend, some great food and some really good beer. See you there!