NormalPalooza benefits Normal Park, a zoned HCDE magnet school with a museum-based curriculum and emphasis on integrating arts in education. A frequent "Magnet School of the Year" award winner, the school celebrates experiential learning, art, museum and community partnerships and family engagement. Featuring an art market with dozens of vendors, games and entertainment, the all-day festival has become an annual North Chattanooga tradition, drawing large crowds for an exciting day of fun.
Beginning at noon, Nick Lutsko and the Gimmix will be headlining entertainment, and guests will enjoy performances throughout the day by Normal Park students, bands and dance troupes. Trent Williams and the Menagerie, Lon Eldridge and Lumbar Five will also be performing during the day. Nick Lutsko and his band of Muppet-like musicians won last year's Road to Nightfall competition and the five-piece band performs upbeat and melodic originals in a style that combines energetic folk, indie-rock, funk and a touch of the blues. Lon Eldridge is a traditional musician with a hot ragtime blues sound and a masterful command of americana and jazz. Lumbar Five combines soulful vocals, soaring guitar, a percolating bassline, and a combination of a jazz/rock drummer paired with an out-of-this world percussionist from West Africa.
Adelle's Ice Cream Creperie, Good Dog, Kenny's Smokehouse BBQ, Southern Burger, Tikiz and Dave's Cotton Candy will have food and refreshments available for purchase throughout the day and there are rides and games for all age groups. Thrill-seekers will especially enjoy the Kraken, a 20-foot tall dual lane slide, a giant ship and octopus, this inflatable slide gives riders the thrill and excitement of escaping a ship with the rush of a mega-slide experience. A Bungee Run, Gyro Ride, bounce house and petting zoo will keep entertain all ages and everyone will enjoy the cake walk, sack races, toilet toss, bean bag toss, face painting, hair spray station and Lego station.