Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett and local business owners, gathered Monday to announce SouthFest, a festival-like event organized to help local businesses hurt by the Henley Street Bridge closure.

SouthFest is scheduled for Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13 in South Knoxville.

The event is intended to encourage people to shop, eat and have a good time at local businesses south of the river. 
"There's a perception in other parts of the county that it's just too hard to get to South Knoxville because of the extended bridge closure," said Mayor Burchett. "We want to bring people out south for this event so they'll realize the detour is not hard to navigate."


Among the activities planned are live music, family-friendly activities, a car show, circus-style entertainment and live TV and radio broadcasts.