BY LAUREN HENRY
The Dogwood Park Concert Series came to a booming finale at Sunday night's concert featuring Grammy-nominated artist Darrell Scott.
His country-roots attracted an overflow crowd to the hillside of the park at the last concert for the summer series that finished with a fireworks display.
Also performing were Appalachian reggae artist Ras Alan, and local musical talent Stephen Winslow, along with Ben Kirk.
Members of the Greeneville High School Marching Band and Summer Taylor of Johnson City provided entertainment between performances.
"For the community it's all about an opportunity to experience the arts for free of charge," said Sally Causey, executive director and event planner with Rural Resources of Greeneville.
For the second year in a row, Rural Resources partnered with the Greeneville Parks and Recreation's Dogwood Park Concert Series.
Together, they provided an evening of country music that ended in a colorful fireworks display.
Local food and apple pie for purchase accompanied the entertainment, compliments of Rural Resources.
"Food and music pair really well," Causey said.
Early attendees received free local watermelon from Smith's Farm in Washington County.
The beef and pork offering were from locally-raised animals, and accompanying produce was also grown locally.
The apples baked into the apple pie came from western North Carolina.
The event also featured face-painting, corn hole, and a children's hog-calling contest.
GreenevilleMarketplace.com provided a range of prizes, including luggage, for members of the audience answering food trivia questions.
Creamy Cup had ice cream and coffee available for purchase.
The concluding fireworks display was sponsored by Popcorn Video, Creamy Cup, and Boomland Fireworks.
PASSION FOR LOCAL FOOD
For Rural Resources it was all about sharing a passion for local food with the community.
Rural Resources is a local non-profit organization that has worked for nearly 20 years to connect farms, food and families in Greene County and the greater East Tennessee area.
For Causey, she said, buying food locally provides benefits the community in three ways.
"First you can get food fresher and if you eat fresh, it is better for you," she said.
Second, buying local adds to the local economy.
Finally, she added, "buying from neighbors" rather than shipping food across the country reduces the carbon footprint and encourages sustainability.
Concert attendee Tammera Florence said, "It's fun to get everybody together. I like seeing all the kids dancing around."
'BEST ATTENDED' SERIES
Event coordinator John Brown said, "This year has been the best attended with the least amount of money. People in this community have stepped up and made it happen.
"People are starting to look for the event. Some don't even like this type of music, but it's something free to do on a Sunday night."
This concluding event of the concert series, other than the fireworks display, was sponsored by the East Tennessee Foundation and the Tennessee Arts Commission as well as GreenevilleMarketplace.com, Tri City Beverage, the Town of Greeneville, the Greeneville Parks and Recreation Department, Graysburg Hills Farm, and Snapps Ferry Packing Co.