Sports Animal SportsFest


99.1 The Sports Animal is proud to present the inaugural Sports Animal SportsFest on Saturday, August 7th, 2021 at Knoxville Expo Center!

Sports Animal SportsFest 2021

Saturday, August 7th, 2021

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM (doors open 9:30am)

Knoxville Expo Center

Tickets $5.00 in advance, $10.00 at door.

Tickets are on sale now!

Join us on Saturday, August 7th at the Knoxville Expo Center for Sports Animal SportsFest!  This indoor festival celebrates all things sports!  There will be multiple sports personalities doing Q&A’s, autograph signings and more.  Exhibitors will be on-site offering a fun-filled day for the entire family.

SportsFest has all your bases covered!  Learn, play, watch or just get your picture with a VFL or other notable sports figure.  From the novice sports fan to the diehards, SportsFest has something for everyone.

Notable sports figures scheduled to appear at SportsFest:

  • SPECIAL GUEST:  VFL QB Heath Shuler (signing autographed posters 1:30pm to 3:30pm)
  • Michelle Marciniak – VFL Lady Vol Basketball Player
  • Gary Rankin – Winningest High School Coach in TN History
  • Erik Ainge – VFL QB and 99.1 The Sports Animal Show Host
  • Steve Hamer – VFL Basketball Player
  • Bob Kesling – Play-by-Play Announcer for UT Football and Basketball
  • Bert Bertelkamp – VFL Basketball Player
  • Joan Cronan – Former Lady Vols Athletic Director
  • Rick Byrd – Former Belmont College Basketball Coach
  • Mark Pancratz – Played for and coached with Bruce Pearl and is now a Basketball Sports Analyst
  • Rick Russo – Sports Director for WVLT
  • Jeff Jarnigan – The Voice of Neyland and Program Director for 99.1 The Sports Animal
  • Pat Ryan – VFL QB and former NFL Player, Former Announcer for The Tennessee Titans and starting in 2021 will be part of the Vol Network
  • Bobby Scott – VFL QB and part of Game Day All Day on 99.1 The Sports Animal
  • Joey Kent – VFL Wide Receiver
  • Daniel Hood – VFL Defensive Lineman
  • John Chavis – Former Defensive Coordinator for the Vols
  • Jeff Carr – Head Coach of the Knoxville Ice Bears
  • Brittney Tarrwater – VFL Academic All American Swimmer and News Anchor for WVLT, Married to Olympic Medal winning swimmer Davis Tarrwater
  • Cait McMahn – VFL Lady Vol Basketball Player and is also knows as “Baby Mac” and works with ESPN Game Day and has her own training business.

Featuring activities, vendors, & food.

Also featuring a special appearance by former Braves 1st Baseman and Left Fielder Ryan Klesko.

Appearing 10:30am – 12:30pm in the Sports Treasures booth for 2 hours only.  ($20.00 per autograph)

MLB statistics

Batting average .279

Home runs 278

Runs batted in 987

Panels at SportsFest

Basketball- 10am-10:45am- Moderator- Bob Kesling

Attendees- Burt Bertelkamp, Mark Pancratz, Steve Hamer

Media Roundtable- 11am-11:40am- Moderators- Tyler Ivens/Will West

Attendees- Bob Kesling, Rick Russo, Jeff Jarnigan, Pat Ryan

VFL Table- 12pm-12:40pm- Moderator- Brian Rice

Attendees- Bobby Scott, Erik Ainge, Heath Shuler, Joey Kent, Daniel Hood, Chris Brown

Coaches Table- 1pm-1:40pm- Moderator- Jimmy Hyams

Attendees- Rick Byrd, Jody Wright, Gary Rankin, John Chavis, Jeff Carr

Women in Sports- 2pm-2:40pm- Moderator- Heather Harrington

Attendees- Michelle Marciniak, Brittany Tarwater, Joan Cronan, Cait McMahn

High School Heroes- 3pm-3:40pm- Moderator- Mark Packer

Attendees- Leroy Thompson, Tim Irwin, Charles McRae, Clark Duncan, Jesse Smithey

Also featuring a special appearance by Miss Tennessee Cosmos 2021 Ashley Broockman from 11am to 12pm!



Tickets are on sale now!

Thank you to SportsFest’s sponsors:

Title Sponsor – VisitMySmokies

Co-Sponsor – U.S. Army

Co-Sponsor- BodyArmor

Stage Sponsor – Budweiser

Auto Sponsor – Harper Volkswagen

Bag Sponsor – VolShop