Street vendors, two entertainment stages and most Happy Holler businesses will participate in Happy Hollerpalooza 2013.


(WBIR-Knoxville) Happy Holler, on North Central Street in North Knoxville, will be a busy spot Saturday afternoon. Rick Evans will be in the middle of the action. His family is responsible for starting what would become the Happy Hollerpalooza Street Fair 8 years ago. The Evans own Friends Antique and Collectibles in Happy Holler.

"I enjoy the interaction with the people, young folks especially," said Rick Evans. "Our business wouldn't be what it is if it weren't for the young folks today. We've really tried to maintain what brought us to the holler originally. There's a spirit here and when you come to the holler today, you can feel it."

"I thought of a customer appreciation day. When we started out, it was just us and a few other businesses. They [customers] would get a little card and go around to all the businesses and you would get a free gift basket. It kept growing and growing," said Jessie Evans, Rick's daughter.

Now, the Happy Hollerpalooza Street Fair entertain hundreds of people. The list of Happy Holler store owners has also grown.

"Raven Records, Three Rivers Market, Chop Shop Hair Studio, Central Flats & Taps...," Jessie Evans said while naming recent business additions.

You can help celebrate Happy Holler's success Saturday, September 14. The 8th Annual Happy Hollerpalooza Street Fair will run from 12 pm to 5 pm. Two entertainment stages, street vendors and stores will entertain visitors during the free event.

You can follow the street fair through Hollerpalooza's Facebook page.

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