KINGPSORT — The 10th annual Back to School Expo filled the Farmers Market in Kingsport, as well as the adjacent playground and carousel Tuesday afternoon.
More than 90 vendors were at the event, giving away items and information about activities. For the first time ever, Kingsport City Schools had a prize drawing for 10 new backpacks filled with new school supplies. In addition, the three-hour event included free carousel rides, live entertainment, a fashion show, two inflatables, putt-putt, Kingsport Police Department K-9 Unit Officers on-site to meet, face painting, balloon animals and pets for adoption through PetWorks. Shaved ice, hot dogs, and kettle corn were available for purchase.
The national anthem and the presentation of colors by the Dobyns-Bennett High School Air Force JROTC Color Guard kicked off the event. Various entertainment continued until 6 p.m., hosted by 90.3 FM WCSK Radio The Voice of Kingsport City Schools, including: Dobyns-Bennett High School cheerleaders; demonstrations by the D-B Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps and performances by Kingsport students at Holloway Dance, the Stockbrokers, the Centre for Performing Arts, Jefferson Elementary Chorus, D-B Armonia, Sevier Middle School Band Ensemble, a fashion show by GoodWill and a closing out the evening with a performance by Tri-Cities Talent.
Parents/guardians were able to pick up information needed to get their children started back to school. They also had the opportunity to sign up for programs and activities for this fall in locations throughout Kingsport.
Vendors ranged from Kingsport City Schools services and school programs; health, nutrition and safety-related services; animal welfare/pet adoption; financing for college; tutoring, library/literacy programs; pre-school programs; wellness activities; arts, sports and recreation activities; children’s services, and various others providing interactive activities, demonstrations and prizes. Goodwill, the Kingsport Knights lacrosse program, Sullivan County 4-H, Holloway Dance School, Camelot, STREAMWORKS, the H.O.P.E. (Help Our Potential Evolve) group, Sequoyah Council, Girls Inc., Habitat for Humanity, Camelot and Head Start, Kingsport Parks and Recreation and Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee were among others represented.
KCS event partners were the City of Kingsport – Kingsport Cultural Arts and Kingsport Times News.