IF YOU GO
When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Heritage Park/Heritage House, 1428 Jenkins Road.
HubFest at Heritage Park on Saturday couldn't be more down-home American unless the politicians on hand start kissing babies.
The sixth annual event at the East Brainerd venue will feature festival staples such as a flag ceremony, a parade, a brass band, clowns, Boy Scouts, pony rides, an apple pie contest and a hat contest.
"We've had fun," said Annie Maguire, volunteer chairwoman of the HubFest committee, "and it's been wild to pull together. It's grown exponentially since last year."
She said the event drew 1,500 people in 2011 and could draw as many as 4,000 people Saturday.
The entertainment at this year's festival will be headlined by the Dismembered Tennesseans, the River City Red Hots Brass Band and the Scenic City Dance Studio. "The Star Spangled Banner" will be sung by 11-year-old Nicholas Hickman.
They're only a few of the dozens of acts of country, pop and other genres that will entertain inside Heritage House and on an outdoor stage. The entertainment will be emceed by WRCB-TV meteorologist David Karnes.
The festival also features activities and attractions for people of nearly every age.
Among them are soap carving, bocce ball lessons, face painting (stations for older and younger children), jewelry making, weaving demonstrations, inflatables, arts and crafts, a retro fashion show by Collective Clothing and a Mother's Day marketplace.
On hand, in addition, will be fire trucks, the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit, a mobile gaming van, mammography bus and a petting zoo.
Further, Blood Assurance will hold a blood drive, Navy Cadets will retire flags and sell new ones, and qualified residents can register to vote.
Maguire said the opening ceremony, new to HubFest, will feature a flag procession by the Navy cadets, the recognition of city and county dignitaries, a salute to active-duty military and retired military veterans and an address by retired Rear Adm. Vance Fry.
The Mardi Gras-flavored parade, which follows the opening ceremony, will include Scouts, art bikes, a chef, clowns and other participants. Entertainment and contests will follow the parade.
Boy Scout Troop 69 will offer hamburgers, hot dogs and other items as the festival's sole food and beverage vendor. Desserts will be for sale on the grounds.
Clint Cooper is the faith editor and a staff writer for the Times Free Press Life section. He also has been an assistant sports editor and Metro staff writer for the newspaper. Prior to the merger between the Chattanooga Free Press and Chattanooga Times in 1999, he was sports news editor for the Chattanooga Free Press, where he was in charge of the day-to-day content of the section and the section’s design. Before becoming sports ...