At a press conference on Friday, Feb.17. 2017, Northeast Tennessee received all the details about the upcoming Racks by the Tracks event. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, May 20. This is a full day of fun for the entire family. Sawyer Brown will be the headliners for this year’s concerts. Held in downtown Kingsport, this full day of music and fun begins at 12 noon, and runs through 10 p.m.
James Phillips, one of the event organizers, told media representatives what the festival-goers will find at Racks by the Tracks this year. In addition to the concerts, the day will have Beer & Wine Tastings, which will feature more than 70 different beers and more than 20 wines. The time for the tastings is 2-7 p.m.
A 10K and 5K Race/Walk will also be held. More than 650 runners participated in the race last year. Awards are presented to winners in many age categories, and registered racers receive a commemorative t-shirt, along with complimentary entrance into the all0-day concerts.
There is also a BBQ Competition that will give attendees an opportunity to taste the best barbecue form restaurants and teams from across the region. Each attendee can cast a vote in five different People’s Choice award categories. No ticket is required to access this section of the festival. There will also be non-barbecue food vendors at the festival.
In the kids section, there will be large inflatables, and face painting, along with other activities for them to enjoy. And remember, the concerts start at noon and continue throughout the day.
There will be a full day of great music on the mail stage. The music starts at noon, with local artist Russell Clark. Hundred Acres will follow at 1:30, and Webb Wilder takes over at 3:30 p.m. Then get ready for Faithfully: Journey Tribute Band, who will close out their set at 7:30 to make ready for Sawyer Brown to take the stage at 8 p.m.
The festival is more than just a fun activity for everyone in the area – it is also a fundraiser, and has raised more than $70,000 for local non-profits, including the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life, Sullivan County Humane Society, Rotary Clubs of America, Kingsport Ballet, Keep Kingsport Beautiful, PEAK, Young Professionals, Boys and Girls Club of America, and the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce.
This cannot be done without a host of volunteers, and some great sponsors. Thanks to this year’s sponsors, Food City, Cumulus Broadcasting, Liberation Station, Dermatology Associates, Dogfish head Brewing, Miller Life, Barefoot Wine, AccuForce, Eastman Chemical Company, Pepsi, Sapporo Beer, Visit Kingsport, Powell Valley National Bank, Action Rentals, Barberitos of Kingsport, and VIP Seen.
For all the information you need about this year’s event, visit Racks by the Tracks website, or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are planning a trip to Northeast Tennessee for this event and would like to talk to someone at Racks by the Tracks, you can call 423-863-3998.
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