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MainX24 kicks off early Saturday morning

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What started as a neighborhood party in 2006 has turned into one of the biggest community celebrations in Chattanooga. The Mainx24 festival grows larger each year as the Southside neighborhood continues to grow.

Fire fighters at Southside's Station #1 were busy Saturday morning flipping flapjacks and feeding the community.

Their pancake breakfast has become one of the staple events of Southside's MainX24 Festival, a 24 hour celebration on and around Main Street.

"Its certainly one of the best events in this city I think and it's a joy for us to host it," Cpt. Jonathan Lehman says.

The fire station was built 13 years ago, right in the middle of the Southside's redevelopment. You can say they've been here since the beginning of what many call "the new Southside".

"Its come a long way and this festival is like a keystone of that development," Lehman says.

Across the way at Niedlove's Bakery, the aroma of fried donuts fill the streets. Its become somewhat of a tradition during the festival as well as a pretty good money maker.

"Its been our biggest day of the year the last few years in a row," owner, John Sweet says.

Each new business in the Southside adds its own bit of flare to the neighborhood or in this case, taste.

"We've come a long way in the last six or seven years and we're so happy to have been a part of that," Sweet says.

The MainX24 festival will continue into the early morning hours with more than a hundred events throughout the day. You can find out more by clicking here.

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