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Funfest a big hit on its final Friday

By Julie Newman, jnewman@wcyb.com
Published On: Jul 19 2013 09:41:53 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 19 2013 11:53:05 AM CDT
KINGSPORT, Tenn. -

The streets of downtown Kingsport, Tenn. were packed Friday as people turned out for the final Friday of Funfest. Thousands gathered for the concert series, hoping the weather would hold up.

Vendors lined the streets and festival-goers packed the grass, as they've been doing since FunFest first began in 1981.
It's a week-long celebration with a goal "to promote unity, harmony, fellowship and cooperation among people in the greater Kingsport area." And it's a huge hit every year, despite some heavy rain this week.

Steve Caldwell says he’s been coming for years to get together with friends, to meet, socialize, picnic, and just have fun.

And that's what Funfest is all about -- fun -- and seeing some great concerts, of course.

Friday night's headliner was country star Hunter Hayes. Fans lined up all day to get the best seat in the house.

Joe Byrd tells us he staked out his prime spot since 7 a.m. that morning. As a matter of fact, he says he’s been the first in line for three years now for both big concerts.

Other favorites Friday included Taste of Tri-Cities, Pickin' in the Park, and the hot air balloon glow.

You can always find tasty treats at FunFest. Local vendors lent a helping a hand, especially in the high heat. "I’ve been handing out water all day," Jennifer Carroll told us. "It should pick up when the concert gets going. It should be really busy."

FunFest wrapped up Saturday night with the biggest band Eastman has ever brought to FunFest: Chicago, along with opening act Gavin DeGraw.