Weber City festival to raise funds for local families

Marci Gore • Oct 24, 2016 at 7:45 PM

WEBER CITY — Thanks to some familiar names in the music industry, organizers for the third annual Holston View Hometown Festival expect this year’s crowd to be the biggest one yet.

The first year, the festival served almost 2,000 people, and last year’s event saw 3,000 in attendance. Organizers expect between 8,000 and 10,000 people this year.

The Holston View Hometown Festival is a Christian community event hosted by Holston View United Methodist Church and the church’s preschool and daycare program.

Savanna Huffman is the program coordinator for Holston View United Methodist Church’s Preschool and Daycare and said the event, set for Saturday, Nov. 5, is held because of Holston View's love for its community.

“The Hometown Festival is set up to bring a fun, family event to our area while also reaching out to help the community,” said Huffman.

The festivities will kick off at 11 a.m. and will continue throughout the day and into the evening. Events will be held in the church parking lot, located at 174 Church St. in Weber City, and in the Holston Medical Group parking lot, located just below the church.

The event will also feature a clothes closet for any community family in need. Blanket America will provide all the items for the clothing giveaway, which will be held in the old Food City building, next to Holston Medical Group.

Two separate concerts will provide the musical entertainment for the event. The Knight Family will kickoff the first concert at noon, followed by country and bluegrass gospel music group, The Isaacs. Later, Kelsey Cate will take the stage, which will be set up in the parking lot of Holston View United Methodist Church at 6 p.m. Following Cate’s performance will be country music artist Sammy Kershaw, who is probably best known for his number one hit “She Don't Know She’s Beautiful.” Kershaw’s “Queen of My Double-Wide Trailer” and “I Can't Reach Her Anymore” both made it to the top 10.

The money raised from the Hometown Festival will go to help support four local families who are dealing with serious illnesses.

“As with all sickness, these families are undergoing a lot of stress and the financial burden that accompanies these illnesses just adds to that weight. It is our goal to be able to help with the medical bills for these local families,” said Huffman.

Kristi Bagwell is a Scott County teacher who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. She recently underwent a double mastectomy and is facing at least seven weeks of chemotherapy. Bagwell is a wife and a mother to two young children. She will be off work while she receives treatments.

Kyleigh Vermillion is a four-year-old girl from the Scott County community who has suffered from a series of chronic and painful urinary tract infections that have put her in the hospital several times. For the past several months, her family has traveled back and forth to Knoxville, hoping to find a diagnosis and a treatment for her condition.

Dianne Delano was recently diagnosed with cancer for the second time this year. In August, she underwent a double mastectomy and has had to take a leave of absence from her job during her treatments. Delano’s husband, Michael Delano, serves as the chief of police for the Weber City Police Department. The Delanos have two young children.

Sixteen-year-old Matthew Montgomery is a junior at Gate City High School and earlier this year began suffering from frequent headaches. An MRI detected Chiari Malformation, which is a spinal condition where the cerebral tonsils drop, causing severe pressure and headaches. In early September, he had surgery to correct the malformation. Matthew was doing well and was released from the hospital. A few weeks later, he became very ill. Tests revealed a “superbug” bacterial strain had invaded his spinal and cerebral areas. He had another surgery to place antibiotics inside the infected areas, was briefly on a ventilator and moved back into ICU. Matthew was eventually diagnosed with Klebsiella, a super strong bacteria that invaded his body. He ran extremely high fevers for weeks. As a result of the bacterial infection, he has dealt with multiple health issues and is currently back in the hospital recovering.

“We want to show all of these families that our community cares about them and supports them. The money we raise from the festival will go directly to these four families’ medical bills,” said Huffman.

In addition to a variety of vendors at the festival, there will be crafts, games, inflatables, food, a cow train and fireworks.

The Hometown Festival concerts are free. However, a love offering will be taken up at both concerts to support the families.

Weber City First Baptist Church, Uplift Church and Scott County Funeral Home have offered the use of their parking lots during the festival. Shuttles will provide transportation to the Hometown Festival from these parking areas.

This is a family friendly event. No alcohol please. And don’t forget the chairs.

For more information on the Holston View Hometown Festival, call (276)386-3149.