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FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 7

Kenny Owens with Annabelle's Curse will perform on the WDVX Blue Plate Special. The free broadcast begins at noon at the Knoxville Visitor Center.

It's once again time for the Tennessee Valley Fair! Festivities begin when the gates open at 3 pm. The rides are switched on at 4. Friday's musical entertainment will be the one and only, MC Hammer. Other festivities include the Tennessee Valley Amateur Winemaking Competition, Lil Miss Pageant, Caps for the Cure, and more. Visit www.tnvalleyfair.org for a full list of entertainment, times and tickets.

Knoxville First Friday is ready to highlight dozens of businesses and artists around the area. For a full listing of participating venues, visit www.knoxvillefirstfriday.com.

Knox County Public Library presents Movies on Market Square. The event is dog-friendly, so feel free to bring your pup to downtown Knoxville and enjoy 1984's, "Footloose". Movies on Market Square runs from 7 pm until 10.

Blue Mother Tupelo will perform at the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center in Townsend. Admission is $5 to the 7 pm performance.

The Clarence Brown Theatre presents Sweeney Todd, starring Dale Dickey and Jeff Austin. Adult tickets start at $55, students are between $12 and $20. Show time is set for 7:30 pm. Sweeney Todd is appropriate for high-schoolers and up.

Alysia Wood will perform at Side Splitters Comedy Club in west Knoxville. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Show time is set to begin at 7:45 pm.

O Youth will headline a night of music at Preservation Pub, which includes Just Say Maybe, Annabelle's Curse and Far Far Away. The 21 and up venue will have a $5 cover.

The Breakfast Club will perform at the Valarium. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door. Doors open at 9 pm. Dream on Alice will open the show.

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 8

The Market Square Farmers' Market opens at 9 am. Grab some cash and bring some friends down to support your local farmers and artisans

The Tennessee Valley Fair continues at Chilhowee Park in east Knoxville. Festivities begin when the gates open at 10 am. The rides are switched on at 11. Saturday's headline entertainment is the Fairest of the Fair Pageant. Visit www.tnvalleyfair.org for a full list of entertainment, times and tickets.

The City of Knoxville's Doggie Dip Day will take place at Inskip Pool on Bruhin Road. Your pup can swim around the pool with his or her four-legged-friends from 10 am until 2 pm. There is a $5 registration fee that includes you and your dog (each additional human is $2). Visit www.cityofknoxville.org for a registration form.

The 30th annual Smoky Mountain Fiddlers Convention takes place this weekend. The festival will be held rain or shine in Historic Downtown Loudon at Legion. Contact (865) 986-6822 for more information.

Join Ijams Nature Center and Sabrina DeVault for a morning walk at Seven Islands Wildlife Refuge. You will be on the look out for area birds and fall wildflowers. A light snack will be provided. They will meet in the Seven Island parking lot at 10 am. The fee for this program is $7 for members and $10 for non-members.

Knoxville Walking Tours invites you to take a stroll through the streets of downtown, and learn about the early decisions and actions that were made to make Knoxville what it is today. Listen to the stories of the settlement of White's Fort and establishment of the capitol of the Southwest Territory at the headwaters of the Tennessee. Adult tickets are $15, and may be purchased at www.knoxvillewalkingtours.com. The tour begins at 11 am.

Chelle Rose with Shiny & the Spoon will perform on the Saturday edition of the WDVX Blue Plate Special. You can be entertained at the Knoxville Visitor Center for free at noon.

Union Avenue Books invites you down to meet Tom Jester, author of Popcorn Sutton: The Making and Marketing of a Hillbilly Hero. For three years leading up to the death of Popcorn Sutton, writer Tom Wilson Jester and photographer Don Dudenbostel recorded the complex life of Popcorn through photographs, digital soundtracks, and writings. The text and 70 black and white photographs give an up close look taking you beyond the myth of this legendary moonshiner. In this book, you will find Popcorn's handwritten recipe for making moonshine and detailed photographs of his moonshining operation taken one and a half hours prior to the still burning to the ground and his arrest. Things should get started at 2 pm.

The University of Tennessee Volunteers play host to Georgia State on Rocky Top. Kick-off is scheduled for 4 pm. This game will only be shown live on Pay-Per-View.

The Hard Knox Roller Girls are back in action at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum. The night begins at 6 pm when the Brawlers take on the Blue Ride French Broads. At 8 pm, the Allstars host the Blue Ridge Allstars. Tickets are $10 in advance, or $12 at the door. Children get in for $8, children 5 and under are free.

Ray Wylie Hubbard with special guest Chelle Rose will perform at The Shed at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson. Tickets are $20 for the 8 pm show.

Christabel and the Jons will headline a night of music at Preservation that includes The Hot Shot Freight Train and Evan Stone. There is a $5 cover for the 21 and up show.

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 9

The Tennessee Valley Fair continues at Chilhowee Park in east Knoxville. Gates open at noon. Sunday's musical lineup includes Southern Drawl Band, Brad Blackwell, Stephen Hunley. Visit www.tnvalleyfair.org for a full list of entertainment, times and tickets.

In celebration of National Grandparents' Day, Young-Williams Animal Center will offer a free adoption to any person over the age of 65 as well as grandparents who bring a grandchild to visit the center. Free adoptions for Grandparents' Day will be available at both the Young-Williams Animal Center at 3201 Division St. and the Young-Williams Animal Village at 6400 Kingston Pike.

Ijams Nature Center will host its annual fundraiser, Symphony in the Park, an elegant and enchanting outdoor event at 5 pm. Tickets are $150, with all proceeds benefiting Ijams' quality environmental education programs. For more information call Mary Thom Adams at 8645-577-4717 ext.117.

The Greeneville Parks and Recreation's Dogwood Park Concert Series with Rural Resources is excited to present an evening of great Americana music, local food, and fun starting at 5pm at Dogwood Park located directly behind Tusculum View Elementary school at 1725 Lafayette Street in Greeneville. The event will provide free fun and entertainment for the whole family. The event will feature three musical acts Darrell Scott, Ras Alan and Steve Winslow.

Gabriel Iglesias will make a stop on his international comedy stand-up tour to perform at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum. Adult tickets are $38, college students (with ID) get in for $29. Show time begins promptly at 8 pm.

The Great Smoky Mountains Curling Club is hosting curling lessons at the Ice Chalet. Curling starts at 8:30 pm and goes until 10:30 pm. Make sure to wear loose fitting pants and clean flat rubber soled shoes. There is a $10 fee for everyone 18 and up. It is free for anyone under 18 but you must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

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