SHOW ON THE DOE: Parks & Rec notices increase for 2nd annual event

Published 5:46 pm Monday, August 28, 2017

Elizabethton Parks and Recreation learned that the second time could actually be the charm over the weekend.
Representatives from the department, along with the Elizabethton Lions and WBEJ Radio helped orchestrate the second annual ‘Show on the Doe’ at Covered Bridge Park and the results were a joy to see, according to Parks & Rec Director Mike Mains.
“We were very pleased with the turnout from Saturday’s event,” Mains told the Elizabethton Star Monday. “It was definitely a growth compared to last year’s event.”
Following up the inaugural fun from 2016, several hundred attendees this year were treated to Carson Peters and Iron Mountain for the conclusion of Parks & Rec’s Show on the Doe concert series. Once the music subsided, the public was able to take in a family-friendly movie at the park with the historical Covered Bridge serving as the backdrop.
Providing opportunities like Saturday are important, Mains said.
“After the movie ended around 10:30 p.m. I overheard a couple, when they were leaving saying ‘Wow, wow a great event. We went to a car show, enjoyed a great concert and saw a movie.’ It’s great the public is taking advantage of these opportunities, which are free, and seeing what Elizabethton has to offer,” he added.
Partnerships were also on full display throughout the evening. The Lions Club operated a concession stand during the night, serving as a fundraiser for the organization’s upcoming events to benefit the community.
“We thrive on the partnerships, and we appreciate the people that take time out to give back to the community,” Mains said.
Excitement continues to brew for movies in the park, and Mains added with the right amount of support, the department will love to see more than just one a year.
“That’s definitely something we’re looking at,” the director explained. “Have one to go with the Show on the Doe. It all comes down to sponsorships and how much support we can receive since this is free to the public. Our goal is to have one as early as next spring.”
To learn more about what’s coming up at the department, visit their website or call (423) 547-6441.

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