The event will kick-off at 5 p.m. at fountain square with the national anthem and an introduction by Middlesboro Mayor Bill Kelley. State Representative Rick Nelson will be in attendance to honor local coal miners. This week marks the first annual Coal Miner Appreciation Week. Middlesboro High School Jr. ROTC will also present a color guard presentation.
For five dollars, attendees may purchase a rubber duck to participate in the “Ducky Dash” that will be held in the city canal. The owner of the winning duck will receive a prize of $100 and a one-night stay at the lodge at Pine Mountain State Resort Park. The Middlesboro Fire Department will assist the ducks in the race by providing a current via a fire hoses.
All proceeds from the race will go to assist six local businesses who sustained serious damage as a result of the flood in June and did not have insurance. The race begins at 7:30 and ducks will be available for purchase until then.
“They are on the verge of closing their doors and we are trying to help,” explained Discover Downtown Middlesboro Executive Director Casey Thomas.
Vendors, 38 in all, comprised of area church and school groups, will be set up to provide various foods including hot dogs, funnel cake, and ice cream.
“Come hungry,” advised Thomas. “If you buy any of the food, you will be helping a good cause.”
The family-friendly block party will also feature free entertainment for children and adults. Young attendees will enjoy the inflatable novelties and games. Adults can enjoy live music or try their hand at the dunking booth. According to Thomas, you may get the chance to dunk a local elected official or two!
Music will be provided by the Dixie Highway Band and Elliott Collett as part of 1490 WFXY and 1230 WANO Listener’s Appreciation Concert.
Downtown businesses will be open for the event and many are offering sales and specials.
A section of Cumberland Avenue will be closed off during the block party, from the intersection at 19th Street to the one at 21st Street. The event will last until 8 p.m. and is free to the public.
Questions can be addressed to Casey Thomas. She can be reached at 606-302-6011.