Trudy Monaco, the founder of the long-running local Hank Days festival, got the idea for the event not long after she moved to Knoxville in 2003, when she bought a tribute CD recorded in honor of the 50th anniversary of Williams' death. "I used to live in Texas, and my kids love country music, especially Hank, so I figured, why not get a celebration going?" she says.
The day-long festival, which features live music, jam sessions, arts and crafts, and a jambalaya contest, started that year at Candoro Arts and Heritage Center in South Knoxville before moving to the Old City in 2005. After a hiatus in 2008, a smaller version took place last year, again at Candoro, and Monaco has another one planned there for Sunday, Oct. 3.
The list of local bands that will be participating in the festival has yet to be finalized, Monaco says, but the organizers are looking for enthusiastic judges for the jambalaya cook-off. Those interested can contact Monaco at (865) 384-1273.