Kingsport Carousel to offer FREE RIDE DAY on Friday, October 4, 2015

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KINGSPORT – Everyone RIDES for FREE on October 4th 2015 from 1 PM to 7 PM.‚  This Free day at the Kingsport Carousel is sponsored by Bank of Tennessee.‚  Bank of Tennessee is one of the original sponsors of the Kingsport Carousel Project.‚  More than 300 volunteers and over 700 sponsors from the community are responsible for the creation of the amazing Kingsport Carousel.‚  The Carousel features all wood hand-carved, hand-painted animals and beautiful murals depicting the history of Kingsport, as well as many original features that celebrate our special region.‚  The Kingsport Carousel opened to the public in the summer of 2015 after 8 years of carving, painting and planning and is fast becoming an iconic destination in the Tri-cities and Northeast Tennessee/Southwest Virginia area.‚  To date over 25,000 happy riders have enjoyed the carousel while many in our region have yet to take their first ride.‚  We invite the public to visit the new carousel and ride for free on October 4, 2015.‚  (Note: the last ride will board at 6:50 pm.)

The Kingsport Carousel is located inside Pals Roundhouse at 350 Clinchfield Street, adjacent to the Kingsport Farmers Market, in Downtown Kingsport, Tennessee.‚  Normal operating hours are Wednesday-Friday 10 AM to 7 PM, and Saturday & Sunday from 1 PM to 7 PM.‚  The regular cost to ride is $1.‚  For more information on the Kingsport Carousel visit them on Facebook or on their website at www.EngageKingsport.com or call (423) 343-9834.

City of Kingsport Mission:

To provide economic, educational and quality-of-life opportunities that create a safe, vibrant and diverse community.

Office of Cultural Arts, a department of the City of Kingsport, connects, coordinates and engages the public with a creative community.‚  Programs & partnerships include: Public Art Kingsport, Art in the Heart Gallery, The Engage Kingsport Performing Arts Series, the Kingsport Carousel Project and more.‚  They provide a broad range of support to the areas arts organizations and individual artists.‚ ‚ ‚  They work in tandem with Engage Kingsport, a private 501(c)3 non-profit organization, in order to facilitate their objectives.

The Office of Cultural Arts and Engage Kingsports goals are to collaborate with a variety of arts organizations as well as non-arts organizations, with the aim of increasing opportunities and outlets for artists of all types. As Kingsport and the surrounding communities become a destination for artists and art enthusiasts, new markets and opportunities emerge. The Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts and Engage Kingsport are dedicated to cultivating cultural assets and promoting them as vehicles for economic and community development within our region.