If you are looking for things to do in Tellico Plains, there will be even more options soon as the City Council approved several new events during their monthly meeting on Thursday night.
National Night Out on Aug. 6
At the request of the Tellico Plains Police Department, the board approved a resolution declaring Tuesday, Aug. 6, National Night Out in Tellico Plains. National Night Out is a free community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make neighborhoods safer and the community a better place to live.
Following in the footsteps of the Sweetwater Police Department, the Tellico Plains Police Department will sponsor the free event, which features a variety of food, games and inflatables for youth of all ages, at the Community Center and its surrounding parking areas (near the City Park and courts).
“It will be a fun time for our young people,” said Mayor Patrick Hawkins.
The Police Department is encouraging local churches and organizations to get involved as well. For more information or to sign up to participate in the event, contact the department at 423-253-2030.
The Tellico Plains Downtown Committee has been working hard in recent months to develop ideas to revitalize the downtown area, in addition to moving along with the process to apply for the Tennessee Downtowns program. During Thursday night’s meeting, the City Council approved two proposed events from the committee.
In early 2020, the Town of Tellico Plains plans to host a new Trout Festival.
“Tellico is becoming such a designation for trout fishing, and now we have an establishment downtown (Tellico Outfitters),” said Hawkins. “Every town has a unique festival, and we wanted to have something different and unique of our own.”
Hawkins said the Trout Festival will probably be a two-day event (Friday and Saturday) featuring live music, vendors and food. It will be a kickoff to a trout tournament that will be returning to the area next year.
“It’s been well received so far and could potentially be a real big event for us,” said Hawkins, noting that the town would sponsor the event and keep any proceeds for downtown revitalization.
The town’s Recreation Department will assist the Downtown Committee, along with Tellico Outfitters and Green Cove Store & Lodge, in planning and overseeing the event.
New Year’s Eve Celebration
Another event that could be on the horizon is a downtown New Year’s Eve Celebration, which would be held on Tuesday, Dec. 31, and feature live music and entertainment, dancing, vendors and more.
“They’ve also talked about doing a ball drop of some sort,” said Hawkins. “Instead of a ball drop, maybe a trout drop, opossum or a coon.”
While some wondered if the crowd would be small for an event on New Year’s Eve, others thought it was a unique idea.
“I think it’s cool,” said Alderwoman Marilyn Parker. “I’d be for it.”
Parker said area churches could get involved as well.
“It would have to be well-monitored by Tellico’s finest,” added Hawkins, who said some people use New Year’s Eve as a night to sneak alcoholic beverages — which would not be allowed at the celebration.
The City Council approved allowing the Downtown Committee to move forward with planning both the Trout Festival and the New Year’s Eve Celebration.
Fireworks show, Dance on the Square
With Independence Day less than a month away, the City Council also approved a request from the Tellico Plains Kiwanis to hold a fireworks show on July 3. Under city code, fireworks are not allowed to be shot off in the city limits so a variance had to be approved to allow the Kiwanis Club to have the event.
“Only thing we will add to that is that I don’t think the board wants to see fees charged on city property,” said Hawkins. “We got some complaints about that last year. If people are on city property, you can’t ask them to pay to watch the show. If you want to charge them to park in the field or whatever, that’s fine. But no charging at areas like the library, the ball fields or any other city property.”
The City Council also put a stipulation on the approval, noting that if there was a drought going on when the fireworks show is scheduled, they might have to consider finding a different location for the event.
On Saturday, June 29, the Tellico Plains Kiwanis will host the annual Dance on the Square in downtown from 6-10 p.m. Admission is free. Gone Country from Knoxville will be headlining this year’s event. In addition to live music and dancing, Dance on the Square features a Kid Zone for children, vendors and concession sales.
The Dance on the Square is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Kiwanis Club, whose mission is to serve children of the community. Last year, the Kiwanis Club raised more than $8,000 at the downtown dance.
See an upcoming edition of The Advocate & Democrat for more details about Dance on the Square.
Movie on the Square
The City Council also approved a request from the Tellico Plains Kiwanis to once again host Movie on the Square in July in downtown. As of right now, the organization plans to show “Back to the Future” on Friday, July 19. Attendees should bring their own lawn chairs or blankets. More details will be announced at a later date.