Lin­coln Park As­so­ci­a­tion throws two- day party

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The Li ncoln Park Neigh­bor­hood As­so­ci­a­tion is host­ing the 100th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion of Chat­tanooga’s his­toric Lin­coln Park.

A two- day re­u­nion and fes­ti­val to high­light the past to present, 1918 to 2018, will kick off with a fundraiser at the Bessie Smith Cul­tural Cen­ter, 200 E. M. L. King Blvd., on Fri­day, Sept. 7, at 7 p.m.

The $25 ticket in­cludes food and mu­si­cal per­for­mances from YGB, Spoonz, Kemo, Kee­lah Jack­son, Nat­u­ral Hab­itz, Zowie, DJ Dee, DJ Sleepy and DJ Touch. Tick­ets will be avail­able at the door.

The cel­e­bra­tion con­tin­ues Satur­day, Sept. 8, in Lin­coln Park with a free fes­ti­val from noon to 6 p.m.

The an­niver­sary party in­cludes a 100-yard dash (cen­ten­nial race), dou­ble Mar­cus Ellsworth is one of eight acts at Satur­day’s cen­ten­nial party in Lin­coln Park. Dutch jump- rope, hu­la­hoop com­pe­ti­tion, golf games, ven­dors and more.

En­ter­tain­ing the crowd will be Floami Fly, Kay B Brown, Mar­cus Ellsworth, Caleb the Poet, Kimmy J. Soul, Neon Boom­box, E. De­vante Wil­liams Dance Acad­emy and DJ Tony Dub.

Erika Roberts will serve as em­cee.

Lin­coln Park was built for and ded­i­cated to the African-Amer­i­can com­mu­nity in April 1918. In pre­vi­ous years, fes­tiv­i­ties have in­cluded a day of fam­ily- re­u­nion- style ac­tiv­i­ties held in the vicin­ity of Lin­coln Park on the first Satur­day af­ter Labor Day and an­nual May Day cel­e­bra­tions.

The park was a place of fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment with a minia­ture zoo be­side the Olympic-size pool and amuse­ment park rides.

Lin­coln Park has been deemed el­i­gi­ble for the Na­tional Reg­is­ter of His­toric Places. Pro­ceeds from the week­end will help to es­tab­lish the Lin­coln Park Foun­da­tion and pre­serve Lin­coln Park’s his­tory for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

For more in­for­ma­tion, tick­ets, ta­bles, ven­dor space or spon­sor­ships, call 423-653-4611 or 423255-3538.

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Nat­u­ral Hab­itz will play Fri­day night at the fundraiser in the Bessie Smith Cul­tural Cen­ter.

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