The annual Springbrook Splendor holiday event on Monday, Nov. 29, in Alcoa drew a crowd of people despite rain that thinned out the audience by the end of the evening.
The Springbrook Splendor, the second part of the Hometown Christmas activities organized by Maryville Alcoa Blount County Parks and Recreation, was held in the upper fields of Alcoa Springbrook Park.
The event included refreshments, a hay ride, entertainment, a visit from Santa Claus and lighting of the Christmas tree.
Cookie Crowson, assistant director of Maryville Alcoa Blount County Parks and Recreation, said it was a well-attended event.
“We had a great crowd, probably one of the best crowds we have ever had,” she said. “As the event went on, and the rain came down, that thinned the crowd out, but we started well. We served 375 cups of hot chocolate, so we had a really good crowd. It was rainy and damp, but I don’t think spirits were dampened. People were very excited because it is such a fun event.”
Musical performances were special this year with solos by Ethan Patterson, Christmas music by the Alcoa Elementary School choir and the Alcoa Singers, and Becky Watkins and Hugh S. Livingston, Jr., also performing.