Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Fun Fest Finds its "Rhythm"
THIS STORY COURTESY THE KINGSPORT TIMES-NEWS, WITH ADDITIONAL INTERVIEWS FROM THE DOUGLASS WEBSITE
By LURAH LOWERY
This year had the most vendors yet with 14 — varying from soul food, to Caribbean, to cool refreshments and funnel cakes.
A lollipop contest was held for children ages 5 to 8. Children were given a lollipop and the child to finish licking it the fastest, without biting or chewing, won. First and second place won a prize. Each child in the contest also received a participation prize.
“It’s really where the community can come together and see what we’re doing in the community,” Swagerty said.
The second 'oh no' came from the concert's main event singer.
We saw first-hand why tents are not really safe places during a storm, because winds often accompany heavy rain, and we saw that first-hand early Monday evening about 5:30. "Even last year, we went through the Grand Flood, and tents were the last place people needed to be. Those that sought shelter found out the hard way that tents went up like kites and balloons."
"Fortunately, there were no injuries or casualties because of safe practices," says Fleming.
Once again, a storm cell approaching Kingsport from the southwest, once again, put the event planners on alert.
"People didn't get to hear everything we have to offer," says Storm, "but that's OK. What we didn't have time to do was our original songs. We're an original band. We've got songs that make friends, that get people used to our sound and our performances. Tonight, we had to do what we could do between the weather events, and sometimes you have to make adjustments. We've always got to stay versatile when you're outside and you're having to stand the game around the weather."
Rhythm in Riverview was sponsored by South Central Kingsport Community Development, Inc., the Kingsport Housing and Redevelopment Authority, Eastman and WKPT, and as the 2014 party in the 'View' drew to a quick close, Fleming says, she hated that the event had to be cut short.