Barrel Paint-In helps kick off FunFest


KINGSPORT, Tenn. - 400 people gathered in Kingsport today to paint barrels in preparation for Fun Fest.

The 32-year old tradition is an all-around, eco-friendly project. The event encourages others to keep Kingsport litter-free in a fun and colorful way.

Director of Keep Kingsport Beautiful Robin Cleary explains, "These barrels will be taken out and used in all of the different Fun Fest events over the next week and a half. We also use these barrels throughout the year, last year about 110 different events throughout the city of Kingsport."

People of all ages participated in the Barrel Paint-In, and there were seven category winners.

Under 6 Winner: Luke Fallin

Age 6-8 Winner: Zack Golden

Age 9-11 Winner: Seth Wilder

Age 12-17 Winner: Mackenzie Parker

Age 18 & Over Winner: Tiffany Gildea

Special Friends - Chip Hale Center residents

Terry Light Memorial Award - Miranda Jesse

Fun Fest will officially kick-off Friday with Mardi Gras sponsored by Regions bank. For the full festival line-up, visit

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