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Leave your mark on history by celebrating with family and friends on this special day
The celebration will begin with a ribbon cutting and the official turning-on of the interactive water feature.

Festivities include Cheerwine visiting us as they, too, are 100 this year. Their samples will provide the perfect centennial refresher. Face painting, free bubbles, and more will be available for kids to enjoy. Sleepy Owl is hosting a food truck rodeo and Sam’s Snoballs are making an appearance!

A variety of entertainment will join the celebration, including the Central Baptist Church Choir, Kingsport Showtime, Kingsport Ballet, the State Theatre Group and a magician! They will light up the stage and make you want to stay all day. While the festivities finish at 2:00pm, the park is yours forever!

…And specials from some of our downtown merchants!

Bellafina Chocolates – Opening on Saturday for the special event. 10am – 2pm. The first 100 to visit will receive a mini truffle sample pack.
High Voltage – Corn hole and Sam’s Snoballs
Style – 30% of a select 100 items
Picsee Studio – Photo booth with instant downloads
Main Street Pizza – $1 off Miller Lite and speciality pizza slices (11am-2pm only)
Abingdon Olive Oil – “Olivia” will be at the park and their 100 day specials will be going on
Model City Tap House – sandwich, drink, chips (tax included) for $10; special will run from noon to 3pm Saturday
Sleepy Owl Brewery – Opening early; organized a food truck rally, using commemorative centennial cups to serve beer for the day

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Over the last eighteen months, the Summit Advisory Commission diligently worked to bring all the community’s input together to formulate the top five most impactful projects. The goal for OneKingsport was to be the best possible Kingsport, a place that is attracting and retaining new and existing residents, visitors, businesses and developers. These projects are collaborative in nature, provide sustained economic impact and improved quality of life. It’s Kingsport’s centennial year. We have enjoyed celebrating our past and our present, so now it’s time to reach for the future.

Get excited here!

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Get answers about the upcoming solar eclipse on August 21!

Adam Thanz, planetarium director at Bays Mountain Park, has the answers to all of your eclipse questions!

  1. What is an eclipse and what happens during an eclipse?

The moon will travel on its normal orbital path about the Earth as it always does but it will slip into a very narrow corridor in which it will perfectly align, and go between, the Earth and sun. The result, a total solar eclipse. If you are able to place yourself within that narrow path, then you can experience up to 2 minutes and 40 seconds of totality. The sun will be fully blocked by the moon allowing the much fainter corona of the sun to be seen along with the sky darkening to a deep, magical twilight and brighter stars and planets revealing themselves. The temperature will drop, and the wind will pick up. It will be an alignment of celestial proportions.

  1. How do I safely view an eclipse?

A priority of any eclipse is safety. It’s not the eclipse that is dangerous, it’s looking at the sun. There are two main ways to see the eclipse safely. One is by using solar glasses that are designed to cut the sun’s brightness by 100,000 times. Solar eclipse glasses are available for purchase online.

The other safe method is to project the image of the sun. You can use a pinhole to project inside a box, or use a kitchen colander to do the same thing.

  1. Where can I view the eclipse?

Everyone in the US, along with most of the Western Hemisphere, will be able to see at least a partial eclipse. Anyone within the Tri-Cities will see about 96% of the sun blocked by the moon. The partial eclipse will look the same.

If you want to view the total solar eclipse, then you will need to travel to the path of totality. The best resource is an interactive map – you can find them online.

‘Totality,’ a nationally showing, locally produced planetarium show, is currently showing at Bays Mountain. For more information on the show and the eclipse, please call 423-229-9447, visit or check out the Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium Facebook page!

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