Bluegrass music will be featured on bridge tonight

The 37th Annual Covered Bridge Celebration kicks into high gear today with the opening of Kids Island at 1 p.m. Kids Island activities will be open from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m. today; 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Saturday; and 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. Sunday.
   According to Roberta Bowers, who is overseeing Kid's Island for the Chamber Covered Bridge Committee, attractions will include a fun factory with inflatable rides, a miniature train, petting zoo, pony rides, a fishing booth, face painting, clowns, puppet shows, sand darts, yo-yo balloons, etc.
   "Some of the events and activities will have a charge; some will not," Bowers said.
   Sponsor of Kids Island is Sycamore Shoals Hospital, which will have a free magic show on Sunday at 2 p.m. featuring Star the Clown.
   Believers Family Church will be on the island Friday and Saturday afternoon with attractions, which will include Rainbow and Sunshine Clown and Rovercomer, the faith dog. "They will also be doing puppet shows," Bowers said.
   Other events will include mini-skits by the Elizabethton High School Drama Club, crafts by the Girl Scouts, and on Saturday, Danny Hilbert of the Elizabethton Police Department will have a DARE booth set up on the island.
   Bowers also said the American Red Cross will have a rest station set up and there will also be a baby-changing station as an added convenience to those attending the celebration with infants.
   Tonight will be Bluegrass Music Night on the Elk Avenue Bridge. The schedule of entertainment is as follows:
   Dance Explosion, a local clogging group, will perform from 6 to 6:30 p.m.; the Birch Spring Band from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m.; Bill McCall and Southern Country from 8 to 8:45 p.m.; and Smoky Meadows Band from 9 to 10 p.m.
   Co-emcees for the evening, which is sponsored by Citizens Bank, will be Josh Smith and C. Keith Young. Young, who is director of the Elizabethton campus of Northeast State Technical Community College, is co-chairman of this year's Covered Bridge Celebration Committee. Smith is morning anchor of WJHL-TV News.