By Lauren Justice, Staff Writer–

Chattanooga residents have the opportunity to spend the transition from Summer to Fall by being immersed in the culture they pride themselves in: music, art, and small businesses. 

Every Friday at noon, for the next eight weeks, families and friends can gather together at “Noontunes,” an annual event located at Miller Park.

Each week will feature a different band and host, consisting of well known people in the city. This past Friday, September 13th, was kicked off with Carlos Colon and his Tropical Swing Band and was hosted by Stratton Tingle, a local Chattanoogan.

The bands that play are typically smaller bands that are less well known, so they use this opportunity to grow their name and greet a larger audience. 

The fun does not end with the music. Various vendors set up shop at the park to promote their products and add to the joy of the environment. 

A variety of food trucks, like Clumpies and Taqueria Jalisco, line the streets to keep people fed while they spend the day at the park. All food trucks represent local businesses in hopes to promote eating local. 

Small businesses also make use of the opportunity by promoting their hard work to local families. 

The event is perfect for families with small children as this is a chance to get them out of the house and into the sun for a while. Most families that come have children too young to be in school, so they bring them to spend quality time together. 

Just a few blocks from UTC’s campus, this is an opportunity for students to take a stroll away from class, get some fresh air, and spend time with friends.

The hot sun was no match for the opening day, as coordinators made sure to have umbrellas set out for attendees to sit beneath. Of course there is a free water fountain attached to the stage building, but those attending are advised and encouraged to bring a cool drink along. 

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