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NOOGAtoday: The First-Ever Chattanooga Outdoor Festival

Outside the Chattanooga Choo Choo with the logo for the Chattanooga Outdoor Festival.
Chattanooga Outdoor Festival

This weekend, a new festival for the outdoors debuts at the Choo Choo Gardens in downtown Chattanooga - on Saturday from Noon to 7 PM.

Haley Bartlett, city editor for NOOGAtoday, spoke with the organizers.

Ray is the host and producer of Scenic Roots, Mondays - Thursdays at 3 PM on WUTC.
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