Fun Fest @ Kingsport, TN

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The History of Fun Fest

 

The summer festival commonly known as Kingsport Fun Fest began in the fall of 1980 when Kingsport Chamber staff and board members conducted their annual weekend retreat to discuss matters of paramount importance. At this time, the staff and board found numerous situations that tended to divide the community—ranging from political issues (such as annexation, liquor by the drink, etc.) to extreme and unhealthy rivalries among local high schools. Noting these concerns, the group sought to create a program that would build a more positive attitude about the Kingsport community and a more friendly nature among its residents.

In 1981, founders stated an original theme of "Community Unity." Fun Fest's sole objective was "to promote unity, harmony, fellowship and cooperation among people in the greater Kingsport Area. . . . If tourist attraction and/or economic development benefits accrue, this is desirable; however, promotion of Fun Fest should not be conducted with those objectives primarily in mind." In addition to this objective, all events (to the extent possible) should be free of charge or at low cost, and open to the general public. Events should also be appealing to all age groups, and to people with varying interests. In short, Fun Fest was created as an effort to unite Kingsport residents, to help foster a belief that Kingsport is a caring community that is a good place to live and to work, and to provide numerous opportunities for people to congregate and become acquainted while appealing to their interests in culture, athletics, arts and entertainment.

The first Fun Fest celebration was Aug. 8 – Aug. 15, 1981.

 

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Events Calendar

July 2017
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› Rotary Reading with Festus
01:00 PM
V.O. Dobbins Community Center, Kingsport, United States
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› Fun Fest for the Elderly
02:30 PM
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› Create Memories at Brushstrokes
03:00 PM
Brushstrokes n'More
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› Pool Party at Kingsport Aquatic Center
04:00 PM
Kingsport Aquatic Center
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› Photography Workshop - Location Change
06:00 PM
Renaissance Center - 2nd Floor, Kingsport, United States
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› Harmony Fun Dinner and Show
06:00 PM
Food City Banquet Room, Kingsport, United States
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› One-Pitch Softball Tournament
06:00 PM
Domtar Park/Brickyard Park, Kingsport, United States
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› Community Square & Round Dance
06:30 PM
Civic Auditorium
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› An Evening with Robert Gipe - Author's Talk & Book Signing
06:30 PM
Kingsport Center for Higher Education , Kingsport, United States
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› Wolf Run 7 Mile Trail Race
06:30 PM
Bays Mountain Park
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› 97.3 Love FM Family Comedy Night featuring John Crist
07:00 PM
Ross N. Robinson Middle School Auditorium, Kingsport, United States
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› Free Admission to Bays Mountain Park
08:30 AM
Bays Mountain Park
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› Putt Putt Tournament
09:00 AM
Putt-Putt Golf Course
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› Kid's Central - NEW LOCATION
10:00 AM
V.O. Dobbins Community Center, Kingsport, United States
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› Children's Fun Shops - NEW LOCATION
10:00 AM
V.O. Dobbins Community Center, Kingsport, United States
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› Haydini: Rare Magic, Well Done
11:00 AM
V.O. Dobbins Community Center, Kingsport, United States
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› Party Across America
12:00 AM
Various Locations
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› Art Show
12:00 AM
Renaissance Center - 2nd Floor, Kingsport
Date :  2017-07-18
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