If you have spent any time in downtown Chattanooga this week, you have seen a lot of orange and white. No the Tennessee Volunteers are not here! Ironman is this weekend and the white tents and orange cones have been gradually been set up this week to create the village it takes to put on the Ironman. If watching the Ironman is not your idea of fun, there are so many other fun things going on. Here are your best bets this weekend, September 21-23rd in Chattanooga.
Hamilton County Fair
Saturday and Sunday you can have yourself some good old fashioned fun at the county fair. I always think about Charlotte’s Web when I go to the fair, especially Templeton the rat, who gorged himself on fair food. I personally have a huge fondness for cotton candy and funnel cakes, so I think we are kindred spirits. You can enjoy all the fair has to offer including prize pigs, pickles and pumpkins. Open 10am-6 pm both days and free to all, you can park at Northgate Mall, ride the shuttle ($6 for adults and $4 for kiddos) and enjoy a day of food, music, animals and rides. Info can be found online. Chester Frost Park.
If you grew up in the 1980’s, you most likely remember Michael Jackson and Dianna Ross in The Wiz. I loved it as a kid and I am dying to see it on stage this weekend a the Chattanooga Theater Centre. Tickets are available for Saturday evening and Sunday’s matinee show. Featuring dozens of local performers under the direction of Jazzanooga founder, Shane Morrow’s direction, the show opens the new season. Tickets are available online or at the box office. 400 River Street.
Yes, Ironman is back! This Sunday you can yell at strangers and friends as they swim, bike and run to test their endurance. I have to say it is one of the most moving things to see, as people complete their marathon after finishing a 100 mile bike ride and 2 mile swim. The dedication it takes to finish, much less train is admirable. You can watch any aspect of the day from many vantage points, but my favorite is the Walnut Street Bridge. For info on times and the best viewing place, visit the website.