American Legion Carnival

Rides, games, funnel cakes, hot dogs, cotton candy and

4th of July fireworks at the carnival, 1950. Photo by David Peirce.

4th of July fireworks at the carnival, 1950. Photo by David Peirce.

entertainment…The American Legion carnival is back!

The American Legion carnival is returning to Kingsport after a one year hiatus. The carnival will be held at a new location, the Kingsport Town Center (formally Fort Henry Mall), starting Tuesday July 30th and running until Sunday July 5th. The midway this year will be provided for the first time by a local carnival, the Nicely Family Midway of Kingsport. What a good way to support local!

Advertisement for the first American Legion Carnival in the Kingsport Times, October 13,1929.

Advertisement for the first American Legion Carnival in the Kingsport Times, October 13,1929.

The carnival used to be one of the most highly anticipated events of the summer time. I don’t think people get as excited  about carnivals as they once did. Is it the influx of television, video games and movies on today’s teenagers or just a general changing of the times?  It is hard to say really but there is still a sense of nostalgia that comes from discussion of carnivals past.

Looking at photographs of past carnivals it makes me think that they must have been fun and exciting, a real summer event to look forward to. Hopefully after last year’s absence of the carnival, people will be looking forward to its return!

Carnival, 1940. Photographer unknown.

Carnival, 1940. Photographer unknown.

The American Legion carnival started in 1929 as a fund-raiser and was held October 14-19 on Center Street in downtown Kingsport. The carnivals took place in the fall until 1936 when they became a summer affair.

Carnival, 1947. Photo by Thomas McNeer, Jr.

Carnival, 1947. Photo by Thomas McNeer, Jr.

The Archives of the City of Kingsport has some wonderful photographs of the carnival throughout the years. Take a look and hopefully you will get that nostalgic feeling and feel free to share your carnival memories!

Hot air balloon ascension at the American Legion Carnival, 1950. Photo by David Peirce.

Hot air balloon ascension at the American Legion Carnival, 1950. Photo by David Peirce.

Carnival, 1950. Photo by David Peirce.

Carnival, 1950. Photo by David Peirce.

The Rock-O-Plane ride, 1963. Photo by David Peirce.

The Rock-O-Plane ride, 1963. Photo by David Peirce.

Rollercoaster ride, 1963. Photo by David Peirce.

Roller coaster ride, 1963. Photo by David Peirce.

The Polar Express, 1963. Photo by David Peirce.

The Polar Express, 1963. Photo by David Peirce.

You can also view these images and more at www.kingsportlibrary.org/archives.

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