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Salvation is free, and so is the food at Church Hill Community Celebration

Jeff Bobo • Aug 8, 2014 at 9:17 AM

CHURCH HILL — With a name like Church Hill, it's only fitting that the city's annual celebration be organized mainly by area churches.

The annual Church Hill Community Celebration is scheduled for Saturday, with activities going on throughout the day, but the main attractions beginning around 5 p.m. in the Church Hill Shopping Center parking between Main Boulevard and Highway 11-W.

The Church Hill Community Celebration began nearly a decade ago when two churches got together to and began planning a fun family event for the city.

Church participation has grown to nearly 30, with businesses and civic organizations also getting involved.

Churches have pooled their resources to give away a couple thousand hamburgers and hot dogs, as well as free corn on the cob, funnel cakes, cotton candy, popcorn, and other goodies.

Free barbecue is also being provided by the city.

Alderman Linda Miller, who was one of the celebration's founding organizers, said the event keeps getting bigger and better every year.

"When we started talking about doing this, we never could have imagined how big this would get," Miller said. "It's just great, family friendly fun, and there's something for everybody. We've got good music, a car show, lots of booths and activities, and a lot of things for the kids to do."

Miller added, "And the food. I think they said they gave away 2,000 hamburgers, 2,000 hot dogs, and about 3,000 funnel cakes last year alone. And the amazing thing is it's all free. Nobody walks away hungry."

Among the pre-celebration events is a car and truck show which will be in the Church Hill Public Library parking lot beginning around 11 a.m.

Judging begins at 4:30 a.m. , and there will be drawings at that time for 10 $50 prizes.

A local musician jam begins around 1 p.m. on the west side of the library building followed by a 3 p.m. performance by the Freedom Quartet.

The Community Celebration begins around 5 p.m., and features enough free food to feed an army.

Children's activities include inflatables and games, a dunking tank, corn hole toss, storytelling, face painting, arts and crafts, and prizes — as well as a portable zip line attraction which available to the young, and the young at heart.

Wellmont Health System will also be sponsoring a health fair offering free hearing and vision screenings for children.

Several groups will be performing on the main stage beginning at 5 p.m. with "Fire Escape"; followed by a Hawkins County based teen group "Just BCuz" beginning at 5:45 p.m.

Just BCuz features 15-year-old lead singer/guitarist Allison Rockwell, her 12-year-old brother Jaden rockwell on guitar and banjo, and 16-year-old lead guitarist Hayden Garber on lead guitarist, mandolin, fiddle, banjo, and backup vocals. The band performs originals and covers, country to rock, from the 1950-60s

Kingsport state representative candidate and retired police officer Bud Hulsey will give a motivational speech at 6:30; followed by a performance by the Tennessee Hoedowners dance squad.

The night of live entertainment winds up with Mike Ward singing from 7:35-7:55 p.m.; and "George Johnson and the Survivors" performing classic country from 8:15- 9 p.m.

At 9 p.m. the Volunteer High School Touchdown Club will introduce the 2014-15 Falcon Football Team.

The Community Celebration, the Second Annual Falcon 5KRun/Walk will be held at 7 p.m. as a fundraiser for the VHS Boys Track Team.

Those attending the celebration who plan to stay for the live entertainment are encouraged to bring a lawn chair.

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