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Growing attendance at the Annual Bacchanal means this year’s fundraiser will feature increased seating, larger tents and more art, wine, food and entertainment.

The Annual Bacchanal, which supports academic scholarships for students in Bachelor of Fine Arts programs at Tennessee Tech University and the Appalachian Center for Craft, has grown in popularity in recent years, prompting organizers to expand preparations for this year’s event to be held on Sunday, Oct. 10, from 1 to 5 p.m.

“We are thrilled that we need to have a larger tent space and provide more tables and seating,” said Jane Morgan Dudney of the Craft Center. “With the growth we saw last fall, it’s obvious the event’s popularity has reached new heights.”

Offering participants a chance to revel in extensive selections of wine and beer, feast on gourmet food, and bid on art and fine craft, the Bacchanal raises money for academic scholarships available to art students seeking degrees in art education, clay, fibers, glass, metals, painting and wood.

The live auction begins at 2:30 p.m., giving guests the opportunity to view the art and fine craft available. The popular and talented John Richards of Nashville will perform throughout the afternoon on acoustic jazz guitar.

Held at Spankies Restaurant in Cookeville, located just off TTU’s campus at 203 E. 9th St., the event also offers free valet parking and a complimentary commemorative wine glass for each attendee.

“We thank our underwriters, sponsors, friends and supporters for their contributions,” said Dudney. “Their continued support and passion for this scholarship opportunity is invaluable.”

Underwriters of Bacchanal 2004 are Diana and Derek Baranowski, Dr. Melvin Rapelyea and the Swallows-Newman Insurance Agency.

Sponsors providing various services, food, beverages and more, include Advanced Graphics, B & G Wholesale, Budweiser of Cookeville, Clear Channel Communications, Cookeville Equipment & Rental Sales, auctioneer Ted McWilliams, Robert Orr Sysco, Spankies Restaurant and Spring Creek Pie Co.

Reservations are $30 per person if purchased by Friday, Oct. 8, and $35 at the door. For information and reservations, call Candace Osteen in TTU’s Music & Art Department at 931/372-3161 or e-mail Osteen at