(WBIR-Knoxville) East Tennesseans will have plenty of options for outdoor activities and festivals as the Vols are off this weekend for their bye week. While it's great for companies that provide food and set-up, it's not so great for event organizers.
"The fact that it's a bye week is good, in a way, in that you're not competing with the football game. On the other hand, as a we all know, those are the weeks that everybody does everything," said Jesse Mayshark, Communications Manager for the City of Knoxville.
Mayshark spent Friday helping groups set-up at the Jacob Building at Chilhowee Park. The Centennial Conservation Expo is one of many events happening this weekend.
"It's a chance to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the national conservation expo that was held here in 1913 at Chilhowee Park. It was a huge deal, drew about a million people from the region," said Mayshark.
Nearly 50 groups and organizations will participate Saturday.
"It's also a chance for us to highlight all of the conservation work that's happened in East Tennessee over the past 100 years," said Mayshark. "And all of the things people are doing now in protecting our wild spaces, wild life species preservation, and also our historical buildings."
But the expo might not draw in as large of a crowd as expected since there are so many options for people looking to enjoy a nice fall weekend.
In Anderson County, the fall festival will continue at the Museum of Appalachia. In Blount County, people can enjoy live music at the Foothills Fall Festival. There are also over a dozen events planned in Knox County, including a re-enactment of the Battle of Fort Sanders.
While event organizers face stiff competition, some companies are ringing in the profits.
"Very very busy," said Jeff Diviney, Director of Sales with All Occasions Party Rentals. "They [the phones] started ringing at 7 o'clock this morning and a lot of us get texts for events and things we're doing downtown to make sure everything is going well."
From glassware and linens to tents and tables, the rental company is usually busy with tailgate parties, but not this weekend.
"Quite a few weddings. And we have some festivals and just good ole backyard parties and things like that," said Diviney.
Mayshark said with so many options, the city is running a trolley from downtown to Chilhowee Park so that people don't have to choose.