Back in School Bash returns Saturday

Posted on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 11:42 am

Madison Hersey waits outside the bounce houses at last year’s Back in School Bash. This year’s bash will be held in the parking lot of the National Fitness Center.

Madison Hersey waits outside the bounce houses at last year’s Back in School Bash. This year’s bash will be held in the parking lot of the National Fitness Center.

More than 3,000 children are expected to converge on National Fitness Center Saturday for the second annual Back in School Bash, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1910 W. Andrew Johnson Highway in Morristown

The first 1,000 children will receive a free sling bag with a few school supplies and items from sponsoring businesses.

The main goal of the bash is to introduce Lakeway Area children to the businesses they need to know about in their lifetime, said Crystal Schurkamp, children’s activities director at National Fitness Center Morristown, one of the sponsors of the annual event.

Other sponsors include Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System, McKenna Orthodontics, Hamblen Peds, Heskett Family Chiropractic, Jefferson Federal Bank, Morristown Pediatric Dentistry and the Citizen Tribune.

While participating children will be able to take part in free health screenings and parents will gain peace of mind from having their children fingerprinted, the day is really about providing fun opportunities for the kids.

There will be six bouncy houses and slides. Fun food options include cotton candy from NFC, Sno cones from Heskett Family Chiropractic and popcorn from the Hamblen County Substance Abuse Coalition.

State Insurance will provide information about bicycle safety. Children will have the opportunity to see police cars and fire trucks. Home Depot is providing kits for children to put together. Other fun activities include mini manicures, a snake from Panther Creek State Park, Frisbee golf, splatter painting and much more.

Many of the vendors will hold drawings for prizes to be awarded throughout the day.

Schurkamp said while the event is called Back in School, “it’s not about school at all, it’s about health and fitness for the child.”

It’s also about having fun and possibly winning a few door prizes.

All activities are free and open to children of all ages.

-By Denise Williams, Tribune Staff Writer

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