As Knox Countians have all come to know and revere their history, it should be understood that a “bridge out” would not have bothered the parade’s honoree Daniel Boone. He would have moved on down or up the river and crossed when it was safe.
As the parade in honor of Boone approaches, no longer are travelers allowed to move on down the bank to find a better place.
President of the Daniel Boone Festival, Debbie Bingham, says, “Safety is our number one concern. Being safe with the bridge construction is requiring folks to pay more attention than in the past. We have been told the bridge will be open…. the bridge will be closed… I’m just asking attendees to be patient, stay aware of their surroundings and we will have a wonderful Festival. Also, if you have any questions about anything, please go to the Information booth that will open up Wednesday, Oct. 8. We will have maps, details of what’s next, and the latest updates on the bridge opening versus traffic patterns.”
Pioneer Village Chairman Travis Carmack is letting everyone know that on Wednesday, Oct. 8, at 6 p.m., food booths will be allowed to enter town for setup.
He said, “Due to all of the construction, please do not arrive any earlier or another mess will be created.”
The staging area for those booths that will be in the front of the courthouse will be the parking lot of the La Esparanza restaurant. The booths that will be stationed at the back of the courthouse will stage on North Main Street near the Knox Middle School (on the right hand side of the street heading towards the courthouse).
If you are on a float or in charge of delivering one, remember that the parade cannot block Cumberland Avenue. Instead of lining up on Cumberland as in the past, as soon as the railroad tracks are crossed, take a left on Richmond or Winchester Street. Allison Avenue will be on the right, and Rick Partin, Parade Chairman, will have people at those corners to assist proper lineup.
Due to confusion of the bridge and safety being a top priority, a few items were asked by the Festival Committee to be noted. Campaigning of any kind on floats or vehicles is not permitted.
Due to Health Department concerns, only service animals will be allowed around the courthouse and the food booths. If confused, the National Guard will have individuals stationed at all street barricades that enter courthouse circle. Remember to leave Manchester Street open. It is necessary to enter and exit town. If taking part in the parade, riding a float or vehicle, do not throw candy. This practice causes children to run into the street. Anyone endangering the welfare of minors could be asked to leave the parade. Also, if driving a float or vehicle, please pay attention and stay in visual contact with what you are following and remain close. Too much space encourages civilians to attempt to cross between parade vehicles or even think the parade is over.
As a driver in the parade, keep moving and, unless there is danger, never stop completely. Parents and guardians of children, please remain very vigilant of horses and vehicles that might be having a problem. No one should exit a moving float or vehicle. No one should exit a float or vehicle during the parade. Please train everyone to get off the floats and vehicles only when they are stopped in the Barbourville City School or Union College Parking Lots.
Boone President Debbie Bingham said, “Our people, viewers, spectators and the ones behind the scenes are very intelligent and know what is expected. We have never had a problem with safety and, if we remain aware of our surroundings, this year will be no different.”