Kingsport celebrates 100th birthday

KINGSPORT, TN (WJHL) –  The City of Kingsport is hosting a major birthday party – 100 years in the making.

The community party will take place at the Kingsport Farmer’s Market at 3:30 p.m. The Farmer’s Market is located at 308 Clinchfield Street.

The event will feature free carousel rides, booths featuring the history of Kingsport, an area where you can paint your own centennial rock called Kingsport Rocks. You can find centennial merchandise, a photo booth with the 100 sign, a photo collage of Kingsport City Schools’ history, balloon animals and face painting.

The birthday activity stations include:

  • KingsportRocks – paint your own centennial rock
  • What’s Your 100? – have you decided what your 100 will be?
  • Centennial Publications – Vince Staten, author of ‘An Unconventional History of Kingsport’ and Brianne Wright, author of ‘On This Day in Kingsport History’ will autograph books; Business Journal will release their special centennial issue
  • Centennial Merchandise – pick up your centennial gear here
  • Photo Booth with 100 sign – missed it at New Years? Now’s your chance!
  • Kingsport City Schools – see a photo collage of 100 photos of KCS history
  • Balloon animals and face painting
  • Free carousel rides
  • Eastman 3D printer in action
  • ‘Walk Through Kingsport History’ – visit stations full of photos and interesting history as to why Kingsport is so unique
  • 1,000 cupcakes + cake provided by Food City
  • Lamplight Theater brings its historical characters to meet guests

The City of Kingsport was founded in 1917. The city is widely known as a planned community, designed by renowned city planner John Nolen. For more information about the celebration of the Kingsport Spirit, click here.


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