Bloomingdale Ruritan Fall Fest to be held Saturday

Holly Viers • Sep 24, 2019 at 10:30 PM

KINGSPORT — The Bloomingdale Ruritan Club will hold its 30th Fall Fest this Saturday, and all activities are free to the community.

Gary Collier, vice president of the club, said the event drew 700 people last year, though more than 1,000 people have attended in the past.

“It’s just a good, clean event,” Collier said. “We enjoy doing it, and people seem to enjoy it. It’s just our way of giving back to the community.”

How to attend

The event will take place Sept. 28 from 4-8 p.m. at the Ketron Elementary School track, and no tickets are needed.

What to expect

Several organizations will set up informational booths and offer giveaways at the event, and children’s activities will include face painting, balloon animals and inflatables.

The club will sell concessions like hot dogs, pizza and drinks, and attendees with classic cars are encouraged to bring them to the event. There will also be a medallion hunt, with a $100 prize for the person who finds it, Collier said.

Music will be provided by two local bands — Phillips & Banks and Chris Holder & Journey Home — and Elvis impersonator Matt Dollar will make a special appearance.

“We’ve got two good gospel groups,” Collier said. “We’ve got, hopefully, things that people will find fun.”

Looking for supporters

Collier said the club would like to have corporate sponsors for the event in the future. Businesses, churches or individuals who would like to get involved with the event should contact Collier at (423) 480-8676.

“Our goal is to get it big, and hopefully somebody will recognize it. … We’d like to see it become something where we would have somebody well-known there and where we would actually sell tickets,” Collier said. “That’d actually make this a really huge event.”