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Fun Fest kicks off today with parade and Broad Street Boogie

Jamey Vicars • Jul 12, 2019 at 9:45 AM

KINGSPORT — The fun begins this evening with the 39th annual Fun Fest. A staple of Kingsport in the summer, the nine-day festival will officially get underway with the traditional Fun Fest Parade, followed by fun downtown with the Broad Street Boogie.

There are a few other events taking place earlier in the day, but the festivities will converge downtown at 6:30 p.m. for the Fun Fest Parade. The parade always marks the beginning of Fun Fest, and this year is no different. The parade will start at the corner of Clinchfield and West Center streets. Sponsors of the parade are Food City and K-VA-T Food Stores.

Immediately following the parade will be the Broad Street Boogie at 8 p.m. The Boogie is part of the Twilight Alive Concert Series and will, as the name suggests, take place on Broad Street downtown. The outside concert will bring the first day of the festival to a close with a performance by Gump Fiction — The Ultimate ’90s Experience. The Broad Street Boogie is sponsored by Pal’s, Visit Kingsport, Eastman, First Tennessee Bank, Eastman Credit Union, Amedisys Home Health, Marsh Regional Blood Center and ExpressAV.

Fun Fest goers are reminded to prepare for the weather. It will be very hot, so make sure to bring plenty of water to stay hydrated. Also keep your umbrellas and ponchos handy in case of rain. The festivities will also be very crowded, so planning to arrive early if possible will help with finding a parking spot and a place to watch the parade.

Friday, July 12 Schedule

YMCA BOOT CAMP 5:30 - 6:30 a.m.

Kingsport Farmers Market

New Event

KTG FILM CAMP PREMIER 6 - 7 p.m.

Renaissance Center Theater

Free ticket available at Fun Fest Store

New Event

KPR ONE-PITCH SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT 6:30 - 10 p.m.

Brickyard Park

$100 per team • Registration closed July 10

Sponsored by Kingsport Parks and Recreation, Action Athletics

FUN FEST PARADE 6:30 p.m.

Downtown Kingsport

Starts at Clinchfield and West Center streets

Preregistration required

$30 per entry (max of three vehicles)

Sponsored by Food City, K-VA-T Food Stores

BROAD STREET BOOGIE

Featuring Gump Fiction — The Ultimate ‘90s Experience at 8 p.m.

Broad Street

Sponsored by Pal’s Sudden Service, Visit Kingsport, Eastman, First Tennessee Bank, Eastman Credit Union, Amedisys Home Health, Marsh Regional Blood Center, ExpressAV

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