(Oak Ridge press release) The City of Oak Ridge and Oak Ridge Police Department are notifying drivers of a planned road closure on the morning of Saturday, June 9, 2018, for a Veterans’ Parade that is part of the Secret City Festival celebration.
The parade route runs from the Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) parking lot off of Badger Avenue to ORAU Way. Participants will then make a right turn onto Oak Ridge Turnpike and end in the Oak Ridge Public Library parking lot.
The closure will affect all lanes of Oak Ridge Turnpike from the intersection with North and South Tulane Avenue to just west of Robertsville Road. Part of Robertsville Road, ORAU Way and Badger Avenue will also be closed to traffic.
The closures will begin at 8:30 a.m. on June 9 and are expected to remain in effect until approximately 10 a.m. Drivers are advised to avoid the affected areas during this time and plan to use alternate routes.
Oak Ridge Police Department personnel will be enforcing the closures and re-directing traffic. Drivers should expect delays and are urged to use extra caution while the parade is underway.
Several events are being held this week before the Secret City Festival on Friday and Saturday, including a Children’s Movie Night featuring “Despicable Me 3” at the Ben Martin Track at Oak Ridge High School at 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 6.
There will also be a Battle of the Bands at the pavilion at Alvin K. Bissell Park at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, presented by United Way of Anderson County, the Oak Ridge Youth Advisory Board, and MERLE FM.
There festival itself, on Friday, June 8, and Saturday, June 9, features a wide array of activities for everyone in the family.
The main stage concert on Friday night will feature Dennis DeYoung and the Music of Styx. The opening band is The Band Legacy. The show starts at 7 p.m.
The main stage concert on Saturday night will feature the Little River Band. The opening band is Oliver Springs native and former ‘American Idol’ contestant Janelle Arthur. That show also starts at 7 p.m.
Tickets are available online or at Citizens First Bank at 1298 Oak Ridge Turnpike for $25.
Beer (and this year cider) will be available at the concerts.
Organizers said there will be more crafters than ever at this year’s festival, more food trucks—with a focus on local vendors—and a kid’s area that will be double the size of previous years, that will include bounce houses, water slides, laser tag, and more.
Friday events include:
- A.K. Bissell Park—opening ceremony, music, magic, a juggler, a K-9 search demonstration, and best of of Battle of the Bands;
- Festival grounds and various locations—FIRST Robotics Secret City Invitational, Y-12 National Security Complex public tours, Dream Big, Tennessee Creates Juried Arts and Crafts Show, Technology Village, children’s activities, Nine Lakes wine tasting (additional purchase required), food vendors, arts and crafts, and historic exhibits;
- Oak Ridge Public Library Auditorium—historic talks that will include discussions of spies, nuclear medicine, the Secret City, Chapel on the Hill, and the Friendship Bell, and a lecture by the U.S. Department of Energy’s “gadget guru”; and
- Main Stage—concert with The Band Legacy, and Dennis DeYoung and the Music of Styx.
Saturday events include:
- A.K. Bissell Park—a tribute to veterans, music, magic, a juggler, martial arts, and a ventriloquist;
- festival grounds and various locations—FIRST Robotics Secret City Invitational, veterans parade, golf tournament, Oak Ridge National Laboratory tours, Dream Big, Tolling of the Boats, Tennessee Creates Juried Arts and Crafts Show, Technology Village, children’s activities, Nine Lakes wine tasting (additional purchase required), food vendors, arts and crafts, historic exhibits, and a Guinness Book of World Records attempt at largest game of knockout basketball ;
- Oak Ridge Public Library Auditorium—historic talks that will include discussions of spies and assassins and Chapel on the Hill, a lecture by the U.S. Department of Energy’s “gadget guru,” and another by a preschool teacher who became a university president;
- Main Stage—concert with Janelle Arthur and Little River Band.
More information can be found at the festival’s website at www.secretcityfestival.com.
The Secret City Festival is looking for volunteers.
The 2018 Secret City Festival, celebrating the City of Oak Ridge’s 75th anniversary, is June 8 and 9.
Organizers say volunteers are needed to help make sure all the festivities run smoothlyy, including a giant knock-out game to set a world record, a 75th Anniversary Parade, and the usual craft vendors, food vendors, and music.
Organizers ask anyone who wishes to volunteer for a few hours while they are there enjoying the festival to sign up using the online Sign up Genius. To sign up, just click this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080e4aada62da4fd0-2018.
Organizers said they need volunteers to help with concert tickets, the Guinness World Record Knockout Game, and parking, vendor assistance, and the information booth.