EAST TENNESSEE (WVLT) -- Some travel, some stay home and play, others just relax on the Memorial Day weekend. There are plenty of options for recreation and events to check out this year. Here are some of the events going on this weekend and for Memorial Day, and to add to this list just comment on this story and/or share it on the WVLT Facebook page.
SATURDAY, MAY 26TH -
In Scott County, "White Knuckle" is an ATV festival. It's hosted by Brimstone Recreation on 20,000 acres of Huntsville. It runs Saturday the 26th through Monday the 28th, and includes a mud bog, drag race, trails, and much more.
In Blount County, the 48th annual Memorial Day program starts at 10 a.m. at the old Courthouse in downtown Maryville, 305 Court Street. The reception is at 10 a.m. and the program begins at 11 a.m. Captain Bill Robinson, the longest held enlisted POW of the Vietnam War is scheduled to speak.
Saturday evening, the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra is putting on a free concert in Blount County. It will be at 7:30 p.m. at the Maryville Greenbelt Park.
Looking for something sweet? You may want to check out the MoonPie in the Smokies Festival, in Newport. It's at the Cocke County A&I Fairgrounds from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the 26th. For more information call the Cocke County Chamber of Commerce at 423-623-7201.
In Campbell County the Memorial Day program will be at 10 a.m. at the Veterans Park in Jellico. The Saturday program includes Navy Chaplain Joel Crawford as the guest speaker. At 1 p.m. there will be a monument and flag presentation at Jellico Cemetery.
In Knoxville, many will gather at the East Tennessee Veterans Cemetery, Lyons View Pike, to place flags on all of the graves. Everyone is welcome to help, and if you'd like to participate, meet at the rotunda at 8:30 a.m. They ask that you bring a screwdriver-type tool to help you place each flag.
Harriman will home to a Memorial Day Parade and Concert on Saturday. The Roane County event kicks off with the parade at 4:00 p.m. on the corner of Roane Street and Morgan Street, and the concert starts in the park at 6:30 pm.
SUNDAY, MAY 27TH -
In Sevier County, the annual Smoky Mountain Thunder Memorial Ride is on Sunday. The ceremony is at the Sevier County Courthouse and starts at 10 a.m. The 60-mile ride will begin at 11 a.m. and conclude at the Veterans Overlook on Clinch Mountain. There is no fee on the ride, and everyone is welcome to come show support for our fallen hero's.
MONDAY, MAY 28TH -
There will be a Memorial Day ceremony at the East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery in Knoxville. It will be Monday at 2:30 p.m.
Another Knoxville Memorial Day event will be at the World's Fair Park. It starts at 11:30 a.m. near the East Tennessee Veterans Memorial in the Park. There will be a reading of the names on the memorial that starts at 6 a.m., which will wrap up just before the program at 11:30.
Anderson County will have the 4th annual Memorial Day ceremony at 10 a.m., rain or shine. The guest speaker will be Tennessee State Senator Randy McNally. There will be a wreath laying at the Veterans Memorial in front of the Anderson County Courthouse to pay tribute to the men and women of the U.S. Military who have given of their lives to protect the freedoms we all enjoy everyday.