SlideCKVL cancelled for 2021

COOKEVILLE –– SlideCKVL, Cookeville’s two-day summer water party, has been cancelled.

The annual event, which was also cancelled in 2020, traditionally features a 1,000-foot waterslide on Broad Street that attracts thousands of sliders and spectators on the weekend of Independence Day. The cancellation is due to continued concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19.

“The nature of the waterslide requires participants and volunteers to be in very close proximity waiting in line, exiting the slide at the bottom of the hill, etc., and we are not comfortable promoting such close contact,” Rick Woods, Cookeville Leisure Services director, said. “We think it is in everyone’s best interest to cancel SlideCKVL this year.”

The annual event, presented by Better Cookeville, was first held in 2015.

Cookeville Mayor Ricky Shelton said, “Red, White & Boom has consistently had one of the largest Independence Day celebrations in Tennessee. While SlideCKVL will unfortunately be cancelled again due to the large number of volunteers required, this year’s fireworks display will be bigger and better than ever on July 4.” 

Full details about Red, White & Boom activities will be released in May.

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