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Unicoi to host ‘Back-2-School Blowout,’ Free Movie

UNICOI — The Town of Unicoi will close out its summer festivities with a Back-2-School Blowout prior to its Drive-In Movie at the Caboose Friday, Aug. 6, from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Unicoi Visitor Center just off exit 32.
The family-friendly luau-themed party will kick off at 7 p.m. and features a slip-n-slide, water shooters, crazy sprinkler, inflatable obstacle course and water balloon war, as well as kid-friendly concessions and a free sweet treat to help the children cool off. Water activities end at 9 p.m. when the island-themed Disney movie begins! 
“This will be the perfect end to summer,” said Communications and Programs Director Ashley Shelton. “We’ve added a few new items this year, like the inflatable obstacle course, and we’ve redesigned the slip-n-slide to have just a little more slope than when we debuted it two years ago.”
Unicoi County Hospital and Unicoi County Public Library will be joining the festivities with fun activities and freebies, as well as information on programs that can benefit children in the new school year.
The Unicoi Volunteer Fire Department will also be on hand to keep the water flowing and everyone safe, as well as providing a few goodies for the children and tours of the fire truck!
Guests are encouraged to arrive hungry as concessions will be available under the pavilion beginning at 7 p.m. Hot dogs, nachos and cheese, chips, candy and drinks are all on the menu.
Parking will be in a drive-in movie format in the Mountain Harvest Kitchen lot and the screen will be attached to the caboose. Guests may enjoy the movie from their vehicles or may bring blankets and chairs and sit under the stars. Sound will be played through FM radio and outdoor speakers.
“Our usage rights prevent us from naming the movie in the press,” said director Shelton. “But I can tell you that we will be catching a wave to the Polynesian islands for the story of a young girl learning to become a master voyager.”
The Back-2-School Blowout begins at 7 p.m. at the Unicoi Visitor Center (106 Unicoi Village Place) and the movie will start at dark. Visitors are also encouraged to bring towels.
Special thanks to sponsors Ambrosound, Unicoi Walmart, Reinhart Food Service, Maple Grove Restaurant, Erwin Apparel, Erwin Record, Unicoi County Hospital and Unicoi County Public Library. Additional thanks to the Unicoi Volunteer Fire Department for their continued partnership and support.
For more information and to discover which movie will be playing, please visit ExploreUnicoi.com or visit the Town of Unicoi on Facebook.
To speak to a coordinator, contact Patricia Bennett at (423) 735-0517 or email questions to recreationaide@unicoitn.net.