KINGSPORT – The Kingsport Chamber of Commerce plans to hold a Fun Fest this year like any regular year, and announced on Wednesday that the week-long community celebration will take place July 16-24.
The Fun Fest, which is taking place for the 40th time, did not take place in the traditional sense last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit Kingsport hosted some virtual events, The Taste was carried out by take-out, and “Un Fest” shirts were sold in place of the traditional Fun Fest shirts.
This year the chamber is planning Fun Fest at normal capacity, said Emily Thompson, director of Fun Fest and special events for Visit Kingsport.
“Some events can take a year off, and we’re still in the process of collecting events. We don’t have a final plan, ”said Thompson. “Key pieces are still in motion, we will have our iconic events and we have new events in the works.”
Registration for the Crazy 8 street race is open, the Chamber is accepting registrations for the Hot Air Balloon Race and The Taste, and concert announcements will follow shortly. Thompson said the chamber is still accepting ideas for events and as we get closer to the Fun Fest and changes need to be made due to COVID-19, they will be made as needed.
Expect some solid Fun Fest announcements in mid-May.
“We believe the community is ready for Fun Fest and we plan to give the community the best possible 40th anniversary,” said Thompson.