Church Circle churches to host public hot dog dinner, trunk-or-treat Sunday at Fall Festival

J. H. Osborne • Oct 27, 2018 at 9:00 AM

KINGSPORT — Sunday evening will bring Fall Festival back to Church Circle in downtown Kingsport for the event’s second year, and organizers say they’ve ramped up their game after having a turnout of more than 750 folks last year.

The event, free and open to everyone, is jointly sponsored by First Baptist Church, First Presbyterian Church and First Broad Street United Methodist Church.

It is scheduled to run from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and traffic around the circle will be closed from about 3:30 p.m. until the event is over.

“We all wanted to get together again and have the Fall Festival for the entire community,” First Baptist’s Children’s Minister Helen Kern said. “Last year it drew 750 people or more, so we were encouraged by that and are prepared for growth in those numbers this year.”

The free hot dog dinner includes chips and bottled water. There also will be games and inflatables and live music. Of course, a big draw is the trunk-or-treat along Broad Street between the circle (which will be closed to traffic) and Clay Street. Forty cars are expected to be lined up in the parking spots in that block, some of which will be decorated and all of which will be giving out free treats.

Kern said organizers have put in place some new strategies based on last year’s heavy crowd that hopefully will cut down on the time it takes to go through the line.