When the sky fills with light and smoke and a rumble fills the air this
Monday night, don't fret. We haven't gone to war. It's not a football game.
It's the Oldies 102 Boomsday.
The Oldies 102 Boomsday is the huge annual fireworks display that takes
place on Labor Day, Sept. 6, on Knoxville's waterfront. This marks the 12th
year of the event, sponsored by local radio station WMYU, "Oldies" 102
The event is an all-day affair, with festivities beginning at 3 p.m. and
the fireworks beginning at 9 p.m.
A stretch ofNeyland Drive will be blocked off to traffic starting at
Thompson-Boling Arena, opening a larger, safer area for people to view the
"Shake, Rattle and BOOM!" is the theme for this year's event. Orange and
white pom-pon shakers will be available for a $1 donation at Kroger's
stores, Shoney's restaurants, and also at booths throughout the event.
Proceeds from the shaker sales will benefit the Children's Hospital and the
The fun side of the shaker sale is the organizers' goal to set the record
for "the most number of shakers shaken at one time."
Food will be provided at the event by Copeland's of New Orleans, Riverside
Tavern and Rothchild Catering.
Pepsi stands will be located throughout the event on Neyland Drive. All
proceeds from the soft drink sales will also benefit the Children's
Hospital and the United Way.
A karaoke stage will be provided by Modern Supply and BankFirst.
Published: Fri Sep 03, 1999 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 02:05 p.m.