Stations of Imagination, now in its 26th year, is a community favorite event

Cookeville – This year’s Stations of Imagination presented by WCTE PBS will take place during Cookeville CityScape’s Fall FunFest Sept. 8-9.

Stations of Imagination, now in its 26th year, is a community favorite event and this year WCTE is offering new features while bringing back favorites including the Glow Parade sponsored by Twin Lakes.

“We are so excited we were able to revive this fun tradition,” said Tiffany McDonald, WCTE’s Corporate Relations Manager. “Huge thank you to Twin Lakes for helping to make it happen.”

The parade will take place Friday evening at 7:30 and WCTE will have a lantern decoration station open from 5 to 7 p.m. Anyone can create a lantern to carry in the parade. Lanterns and craft supplies will be available for free while supplies last.

“Glow sticks will be available so that no one is left out of the fun,” said WCTE in a release. “The parade will be led by the Tennessee Tech Drumline and will circle the Square before passing in front of the stage and dispersing at Freeze St. and Washington.”

Alma, the main character from the hit PBS Kids show Alma’s Way, will be available for photos on Saturday and be walking around throughout the day sharing the stage with Sesame Street on the courthouse steps.

The character stage and facade are sponsored by Cumberland Auto.

“I know kids are going to love seeing Alma at Stations this year- we’ve missed having a costume character for several years and are so glad to have that element back finally!” said Sarah Savage, Education and Engagement Coordinator for WCTE.

Music instructor Cale Koester will be holding a free music workshop on the “principles of rhythm,” and how to “improvise and play along with a group.” The goal is to “lead children and families through an interactive percussion activity,” according to WCTE.

The workshop is available to all ages and skill levels, available Saturday and is funded by a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission.

“WCTE has a lot to offer this year at Stations of Imagination, with up to 30 different booths providing a myriad fun, educational activities for children,” Arts and crafts, games, science experiments and more will be available. Tours of WCTE’s Mobile Production Unit will also take place, giving families a chance to learn about how WCTE brings local events on the air for the community to enjoy. WCTE encourages all Upper Cumberland families to come out and join in the fun! Volunteers are always needed: if you are interested in volunteering to help make this event happen, sign up at”

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Photo courtesy of WCTE.

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