StarFest will celebrate American women in astronomy

Matthew Lane • Sep 2, 2018 at 12:00 PM

KINGSPORT — The 35th annual StarFest at Bays Mountain Park will take place Oct. 12-14, and the theme of this year’s event is “Celebrating 200 Years of American Women in Astronomy.”

Attendance will be limited and registration must be received before the Sept. 21 deadline. To be fair to registered delegates, there are no walk-ins or “visits.”


Hosted by the Bays Mountain Astronomy Club and the staff of Bays Mountain Park, StarFest is three days and two nights of astronomical heaven situated in the heart of the Appalachians.

This year’s event includes four distinctive keynote speakers, five great meals, door prizes, the ever popular swap shop, solar viewing, nighttime observing (both private on Friday and with the public on Saturday). The planetarium will also be open.

In addition to all of the StarFest activities, there are public programs and activities available at the park, such as the wildlife exhibits, planetarium shows, barge rides and plenty of trails to explore.

A unique facet of StarFest is a commemorative T-shirt with one-of-a-kind artwork that is included with each registration. Cassy Rose, from the park’s exhibits staff, has created a special design to represent this year’s theme.

Tickets are $155 per person, which includes access to all speakers, activities, meals, access to the park’s public programming, the opportunity to sleep/camp on park grounds at no additional cost and a unique, commemorative T-shirt with custom artwork.

For more information or to register, visit baysmountain.com or call (423) 229-9447.