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The Sesquicentennial Commission is celebrating the August theme of outdoor recreation with a challenge designed to encourage community members to enjoy the many outdoor activities Johnson City has to offer. 

Challenge cards are available for pick up at the following locations: Atlantic Ale House, Carver Recreation Center, Fleet Feet, Local Motion Cyclery, Mahoney’s, Memorial Park Community Center, Norris Bicycles, The Bike Shop, Trek Bicycle, Yee Haw Brewing Company and the Chamber of Commerce. To complete the challenge, participants must post a selfie to Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #GoAllOut showing them engaged in one of the following activities: hiking to the top of Buffalo Mountain, walking/biking the Tweetsie Trail, playing disc golf at Winged Deer Park, riding/hiking Tannery Knobs, attending a Johnson City Cardinals game, walking the art trail at Founders Park, visiting the mural in King Commons, or attending the Meet the Mountains Festival.

“Johnson City is unique in that we have so many outdoor adventures in close proximity to our downtown,” said Sesquicentennial Commissioner Jenna Moore. “We hope this challenge increases awareness of the multitude of activities available as well as encourages people to take their activity levels up a notch.”

Completed challenge cards can be exchanged for a prize at Johnson City’s “Go.All.Out.” tent during the 2019 Meet the Mountains Festival on Aug. 23 and 24 or at the Chamber of Commerce, 603 E. Market St., through Aug. 31. All completed challenge cards will be entered into a drawing with the winner receiving a Johnson City swag bag at a later date.

Other events this month include:

  • The Johnson City Amateur Photographers Club, in partnership with the Sesquicentennial Commission, is accepting photo submissions for competition and exhibition. The purpose of this contest is to showcase “present day” Johnson City in a tasteful, artistic manner through photography. The focus will be on the people, places, events, and environments that exist in Johnson City and display the many reasons why people choose to live, work, and visit here. Complete entry information can be found at
  • The Meet the Mountains Festival will begin at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23 and 10 a.m. on Aug. 24, ending at 10 p.m. both days. The free festival will serve as an annual coming together of Northeast Tennessee's outdoor recreation community. It serves as a one-stop shop to experience all of Northeast Tennessee's outdoor recreation opportunities. Activities include classes, clinics, hands-on demos, off-site events, competitions, music and more. Visit for more information.

 For more information about the yearlong sesquicentennial celebration, visit or follow @jctn150 (Johnson City 150 — Sesquicentennial Celebration) on Facebook.