Kingston the place to be on Independence Day

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By The Staff

By JOHNNY TEGLAS jteglas@roanecounty.com

Kingston is the place to be on Saturday, July 4, as the Roane County community converges for its annual Smokin' The Water Independence Day celebration.

Festivities get underway Saturday at 10 a.m. with the annual parade along Kentucky Street. Immediately following the parade, residents can enjoy a watermelon cutting at Ft. Southwest Point, an open car show at Roane County High School, and a motorcycle show along the Race Street dike.

A home made raft race begins at 10:30. An hour later, starting at 11:30 will be a home run derby at Byrd Field. There will be divisions for youths ages 8-10 and 11-12. Drag boat races also begin at 11:30.

Noontime will feature the traditional swearing in of recently elected and re-elected city officials at Ft. Southwest Point. There will be watermelon eating contest starting at 1 at City Park. Divisions for the contest will feature adult and youth with youth being broken down into age groups of 10-13 and 14-16.

The entertainment schedule features Outta The Blue at 2:30, Kacey Patterson & Anderson Drive at 4 p.m., The Tritones at 5:30 p.m., Flying Blind at 7 p.m. and Tall Paul at 8:30 p.m.

At dusk, the skies above Watts Bar Lake will light up with the annual fireworks extravaganza. Following at 10 p.m. will be an after fireworks party with Tall Paul at the Gravel Pit.

Besides the scheduled events, other activities include a rock climbing wall, inflatables and face painting. Senior citizens (60 and older) can also participate in a Scavenger Hunt.

Smokin' The Water is presented by the City of Kingston and several community minded sponsors.