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Vegan food vendors Whitley Avis, from Virginia, and Oscar Luna, from California, rest in the cool afternoon sun at Walmart while the axil to their trailer is being repaired.

 

Vegan food vendors Whitley Avis, from Virginia, and Oscar Luna, from California had big plans for this past weekend, but like so many who swell the city of Manchester to be the seventh largest in the state, those plans were dashed when the festival made the tough call to cancel the festival for the second year in a row.

“We came here to vend and have a good time,” Avis said.

Avis’ meatless delicacies range from vegan Unicorn-dogs to meatless burgers from beets.

She’s staying positive, but notes that the outfit has wasted a lot of money and time getting to Manchester, time planning and at least 600 hamburgers that will likely go to waste.

“The people that have volunteered to work with us are upset and need money for the cost of travel. I think all the vendors have been hit.

Luna said that it was a huge disappointment.

“I like to serve people and make people happy. This is the first show since COVID and these guys have really been looking forward to it,” Avis added.

“We couldn’t make another gig because our trailer broke down,” she said.       

John has been with the Manchester Times since May 2011. John has won Tennessee Press Association awards for Best News Photo and placed in numerous other categories. John is a 1994 graduate of Tullahoma High School, a graduate of Motlow State Community College and earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Middle Tennessee State University. He lives in Tullahoma, enjoys painting, dancing and exploring the outdoors.

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Download the free Manchester Times mobile app at the app store. John has won Tennessee Press Association awards for Best News Photo and placed in numerous other categories.

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