From Staff Reports

A celebration that has been 25 years in the making will take place on Friday, Oct. 11 in the Town of Unicoi.

The Town of Unicoi will host its 25th Anniversary Celebration on Friday, Oct. 11, beginning at 5 p.m. at the Town of Unicoi Tourist Information Center, located at 106 Unicoi Village Place. The event will conclude with a fireworks display at 8:30 p.m., weather permitting, and will also feature hot dogs live music and games.

According to Town of Unicoi Mayor Johnny Lynch, this milestone is an important one for the town.“

“This is going to be a big night for the community,” Lynch said. “We’re proud to be one of the youngest towns in the state and I’d say we’ve come a long way in our 25 years.”

According to Town of Unicoi Communications and Programs Director Ashley Shelton, the Unicoi Ruritan will be serving dinner while residents enjoy live music from the Monday Night Cabin Pickers, the Sheltons and headliner Spivey Mountain Boys, who will take the stage at 7:30 p.m.

The Tanasi Art Gallery will be open inside the visitor center and the Mountain Harvest Kitchen will be giving tours from 5-7:30 p.m.

“There is going to be something for everyone,” Shelton said. “The Town of Unicoi has really done a lot with a little over the years and it’s time to take a moment to celebrate the progress we’ve made as a community.”

Shelton acknowledged that children can enjoy playing on the free inflatable jump house and slide after they take a tour of a fire truck from the Unicoi Volunteer Fire Department. Attendees can also swing by the photo booth for a commemorative keepsake of the town’s 25th birthday.

The evening will conclude with a fireworks display at 8:30 p.m., as long as high winds and dry weather are not a problem.

For more information, contact Patricia Bennett at 735-0517 or email recreationaide@unicoitn.net.

To keep up with upcoming events in the Town of Unicoi, like the upcoming Heritage Day, which will be open to the public on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Bogart Bowman Cabin, please follow the Town of Unicoi on Facebook and on Youtube.