The 200 Man Stand will take place Sunday from noon until dusk at V.O. Dobbins Park, located at 301 Louis St. Jarvis Shivers, one of the organizers of the event, said the goal is to bring the community together and provide resources for those in need.
"I think people should come out, listen to some good music, eat some food and get the services that you need,” Shivers said. “There’s assistance out there, but everybody doesn’t know where to find it.”
Shivers said the 200 Man Stand began last summer in Nashville as a way to help those who had been affected by violence, poverty and lack of resources. Due to the success of that event, organizers decided to expand to Kingsport this year.
Designed to be a “vanguard of love, peace and brotherhood,” the festival will bring together a number of local resources to uplift the community, Shivers said.
Specifically, the event will provide information on employment opportunities, youth programs, felony expungement, driver’s license reinstatement, physical and mental health screenings, dental screenings, civil rights advocacy, homeless veterans assistance, domestic violence aid, homebuyers assistance, credit repair and more.
Shivers said the festival will also feature music, food and live speakers. Entertainment will be provided by DJ Wrightful, 615 Radio, Inspire Management Group, 4ward Entertainment, Wise Cracks Comedy, Kenny Quotes AKA K-DA, Triple Play Squeak and others. Guests are encouraged to bring their own grills and enjoy the day with their families.
“We just want to bring a lot of good vibes to Kingsport that weekend ... but the main goal is to get people in need assistance,” Shivers said.
For more information, visit 200manstand.org.