Kingsport Gala Days
Gala Days is an annual celebration that takes place in Kingsport on the last Saturday in the month of June . It is organized by the Kingsport Community Association and sponsored by residents and local business.
The community comes together to celebrate the beginning of another summer season in Kingsport with old fashion family days. Summer residents have returned and they join with permanent residents to participate in events at the beach, in the park, in the village hall and the local church hall.
The day begins with coffee and muffins, a bake sale and displays in the Lloyd Memorial Center. Lunch is served in the church hall, usually chowder and strawberry short cake, all home made. You have to come early as this is always a sellout event.
Music is a big part of the day with bands in the parade, an outdoor concert in the afternoon, a local band plays into the night at the wharf accompanied by a variety of local performers.
Through out the day a variety of events take place from antique car displays to yoga demonstrations by the local member of Kingsport Wellness and Fitness Society.
The Kingsport Art Society can be seen through out the community painting at various places. Their paintings are on display in the Lloyd Memorial Center later in the day. Always a treat to view.
Beach events take place all day long, they can include races on the beach, kayak races at high tide and a sand castle completion.
The evening begins with a chicken BBQ dinner at the Lloyd Memorial Center and continues with live music at the beach until fireworks begin at 10pm.
Through out the day the Tide’s Inn Canteen is open in two locations to serve hungry visitors and residents. There is a permanent location at the beach serving ice cream and hot and cold meals. A temporary canteen is available at the park serving chili dogs and hot dogs.
A 50/50 draw gives residents and visitors a chance to go home a little richer and it supports the Kingsport Community Association.
An ecumenical Church service take place on the following day along with events at the beach in the afternoon.