Fun Fest 2011 (July 15th-23rd) is proud to announce the entertainers for the 2011 Sunset Series at J. Fred Johnson Stadium. Kellie Pickler will take the Brock Services Stage on Friday, July 22, followed by Trace Adkins on Saturday, July 23.

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Kellie Pickler, who was in the final 6 of American Idol in 2005, has quickly become a singer and songwriter to be reckoned with, co-writing her first hit, "Red High Heels," her first gold single. Her debut album, Small Town Girl, produced two follow-up hits–the poignant "I Wonder," which she also co-wrote, and the light-hearted "Things That Never Cross A Man’s Mind." Together, they propelled the release to near-platinum status.

Her second album, Kellie Pickler, for which she co-wrote half the songs, spawned the uplifting "Don’t You Know You’re Beautiful" and "Best Days of Your Life." The latter, co-written by Kellie with Taylor Swift, quickly became the biggest hit of her career, rising to the Top Ten and earning gold in digital sales. In fact, the song speaks volumes about Kellie’s life in that her close friendship with Swift, like her friendship with another co-writer, Aimee Mayo, has helped her with the process of seamlessly turning the ups and downs of her life into compelling art.

Sponsors for the Friday night concert are AGC Flat Glass America, Domtar, Eastman Credit Union, WJHL and WXBQ.

Trace[1]Trace Adkins is a man of many hats, both literally and figuratively. He achieved reality TV stardom on Donald Trump’s "Celebrity Apprentice," he’s dabbled in acting, and he laid out his conservative political views in the book, "A Personal Stand: Observations and Opinions from a Freethinking Roughneck." Adkins has also ventured into the comic book world with the launch of LUKE McBAIN, a four-part comic book series whose lead character was based on the country giant’s likeness and persona.

But at the end of the day, he’s a country singer – pure and simple.

Adkins made his debut in the country music world almost 15 years ago with a platinum-selling album and has since become an undeniable musical force, earning his place among the most identifiable artists of his generation. Most recently, Adkins released the album “Cowboy’s Back In Town” with hits “Still Love You”, “I Can Do That” and “Hold My Beer”.

Sponsors for the Saturday Night Concert are Eastman Chemical Company, WXBQ and WJHL.

G&K Services’ Friends of Festus VIP packages are a value-added option for concert-goers. Friends of Festus VIP seating packages are $100 for two seats for individual concert nights or $175 for those planning to attend both stadium concerts. The package also includes a reserved parking area close to the stadium and a $15 Fun Fest merchandise gift certificate. Individual seats in the VIP seating are also available for $50 each. Individual seats do not include a parking pass or gift certificate. Friends of Festus packages are available now in the Fun Fest office located at the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce, 151 East Main Street, Kingsport (423-392-8806). May 2, 2011 – All VIP packages for 2 nights and the Trace Adkins show are sold out. Some VIP tickets remain for Kellie Pickler on 7/22.

Beginning today (May 3rd), online Sunset Series tickets can be purchased at www.funfest.net, which includes a ticket to the Friday and Saturday concerts for $25. Any remaining tickets will be available at the Fun Fest Store in the Kingsport Town Center/Fort Henry Mall beginning June 25 and cost $15 each.

New this year!! On Thursday, July 21, Food City will host a Fun Fest Street Party on Fort Henry Drive at Memorial Park. Entertainers will be announced soon for this admission-free event.

Get ready for summer fun! Get ready for Fun Fest! This is a great event, held annually in Kingsport, Tenn. I hope you are all making plans now to attend. This is eight great days of summer entertainment. There is a lot to do, a lot to enjoy, and everyone can expect a fantastic time!

That’s it for this morning. You guys have a great Tuesday!

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Fun Fest 2011 (July 15th-23rd) is proud to announce the entertainers for the 2011 Sunset Series at J. Fred Johnson Stadium. Kellie Pickler will take the Brock Services Stage on Friday, July 22, followed by Trace Adkins on Saturday, July 23. Kellie Pickler, who was in...