Erwin gearing up for Great Outdoors Festival

Sue Guinn Legg • Feb 12, 2018 at 9:18 PM

ERWIN - The town of Erwin Beverage Board and Board of Mayor and Aldermen met in back to back sessions Monday.

A scheduled beverage board discussion of a proposed amendment of Erwin’s Municipal Code establishing standards and regulations for craft beer enterprises was postponed until March.

Town Recorder Glenn Rosenoff said the town has had some interest expressed by commercial craft beer brewers, including one who looked at available downtown properties within the past two weeks.

In other business, the beverage board approved a request for authorization of the sale of beer in a designated area at the town’s third annual Great Outdoors Festival scheduled for Friday and Saturday, May 4 and 5.

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen subsequently granted a request for a one-day closure of Main Avenue and two downtown side streets for the second day of the festival

Jamie Rice, president of the RISE Erwin group that organizes the festival, told the board the event is growing and this year will include a Friday night kickoff with a showing of a film promoting the proposed federal Wild and Scenic River designation for a section of the Nolichucky at the south end of Erwin.

The kickoff will be held from 5-9 p.m., Friday, May 4, and will not require any street closings, Rice said. Beer will be available only in a designated area during both days of the festival

To save costs, Rice said, set up for the festival will be moved from Friday night to early Saturday morning so that streets can remain open overnight.

Streets will be closed to traffic along Main Avenue from Tucker to Love streets and along Love and Gray streets from Main to Church Street on Saturday, May 5 only.

In other business, the board approved a five-hour closing of Gay Street from Main Avenue to Church Street requested by the Future Farmers of America at Unicoi County High School for an regional FFA Shindig and line dance.

Students told the board FFA chapters from several East Tennessee counties will be attending the event planned for Feb. 24 at The Bramble wedding and entertainment venue on Church Street.

And on the request of a bride whose wedding may exceed The Bramble’s seating capacity of 220, the board granted a request to close Church Street in front of the venue from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, May 26.

Rice, who owns The Bramble with partner Kristen Anders, told the board the bride wishes to set up a tent on Church Street if needed. Rosenoff told the board the bride is attempting to keep the wedding in Erwin.

In other business, the board appointed Eric Garland to a four-year term on the Erwin Design Review Committee and Public Works Director Riki Forney to a six-year term on the Northeast Tennessee Solid Waste Planning Board.

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