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Bristol Parties in Pink for a Life-Saving Cause

Fall has a new color in East Tennessee … pink.

It’s Cancer Awareness Month everywhere in America, but up in the Tri-Cities they are doing something extra special. Downtown Bristol is awash in pink.

It started with the Bristol sign, a century-old landmark by Bristol Train Station Circle, aglow with a 1,000 white bulbs. Since Oct. 1, those lights have all been pink, and that was only the start of a month-long celebration called “Real Women Pick Pink.”

Oct. 20 will be a day of concerts in downtown Bristol. The top artists are Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison as well as Suzy Bogguss. Nearly 20 musically acts will perform at different venues.

The inaugural Real Women Pick Pink day of concerts is something new for Bristol in many ways.

“This is a departure for us,” says Joy Madison, president and CEO of the Bristol Chamber of Commerce. “While we are accustomed to lending support to large community events like Bristol Rhythm & Roots and Border Bash, it is rare that we produce an event of our own of the magnitude of Real Women Pick Pink.

“This was born from a real desire of the Chamber Board of Directors and the staff to raise awareness and honor family members lost to breast cancer,” she adds.

And, quite the event it should be if the headlines are any indication. Bogguss is a past Academy of Country Music “Top New Female Vocalist,” and Robison and Willis are big names from the world of Texas country music as they are both song writers and performers. All of the acts have at least one woman member.

The plan is to have stages at venues all over downtown, including one under the blazing pink Bristol sign I mentioned above. Gates open at 10:30 a.m. with the shows starting at 1 p.m. But, before all of that there will be a Zumba party at 8:30 a.m. at Cumberland Square Park. Zumba is a dance exercise gyrated to the sound of Latin dance music that is, I must confess, all new to me but it sounds like fun.

Proceeds from the event will benefit local cancer education and patient care through Wellmont Cancer Institute and Tri-Cities Susan G.Komen for the Cure.

Breast cancer awareness events are planned throughout East Tennessee in an effort to find a cure for a disease that has harmed so many. Race for the Cure in Knoxville takes place Oct. 27 and a Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk is set for Chattanooga the next day.

Hi! I’m Linda Lange. As a travel writer living in Knoxville, I fully appreciate barbecue, bluegrass and Dollywood. My story...Read on

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