Karla Prudhomme
Freelance Writer

Johnson County came out in comprehensive power on Saturday, July 17, for the 17th Once-a-year Sunflower Pageant, which was a large good results. The weather conditions cooperated, and the crowds liked the festive party below largely blue skies and sunshine. With 181 distributors, this year’s Sunflower Festival turned out to be just one of the major, one particular-working day situations seen in Johnson County, in current memory. Tents stretched from 1 close of Principal Avenue to the other, giving the crowd a plethora of matters to do, invest in, see, and eat.

With about 19 meals tents, the preference of cuisine was staggering. There were being arts, crafts, jewelry, antiques, lawn art, flowers and plants, clothing, handbags, knives, carvings, neighborhood honey, handmade birdhouses, quilts, and so much more within just the artfully exhibited tents that lined Most important Avenue, supplying website visitors an superb wide range of matters to perspective, buy, or acquire.

The streets have been packed with persons starting up at 9 a.m., and the crowds stayed all over the day. The once-a-year Sunflower Festival natural beauty pageant kicked off at 10 a.m. in front of the Johnson County Courthouse and drew huge crowds. Competition-goers have been satisfied to make way for the ‘Twirling Twins’ of Kingsport, Tennessee, as their twirling expertise with numerous batons thrilled each youthful and aged alike.

As the day heated up, the ‘Kids Zone’ sponsored by Parkdale Mills, loaded up and with face painting, carnival online games, a number of bouncy properties, and the large slide, the cacophony of children’s enthusiastic screams and laughter grew louder. A constant group collected under the tent in entrance of the tunes phase through the day of stellar stay amusement, but the crowd overflowed when the Johnson County JAM (Junior Appalachian Musicians) Young ones bought on stage. A different group-pleaser was this year’s headliner, ‘Molly & Sadi Yates’ of Taylors Valley, Virginia, as their combined musical talent was simple.

The Allan Lipford Memorial Car and Bike Display has been a staple at the once-a-year Sunflower Competition considering that its inception but continues to be a big group-pleaser. This year’s Sunflower Pageant also noticed the incorporation of local firms, like newcomers’ Mountain Farm and Craft Market’, situated at the old Neva Elementary School.

Hats off to festival organizers Renee Profitt, Ashtin Rhymer, and loved ones, as they and many volunteers and sponsors aided to give Johnson County a great working day of entertaining, amusement, and neighborhood celebration.