11th annual Secret City Festival to begin Friday
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OAK RIDGE — Make plans to attend the 11th Annual Secret City Festival June 21-22 in historic Oak Ridge. More than 20,000 visitors and residents will celebrate the heritage of Oak Ridge from 1945 to the present.

Highlights include arts and crafts, music, dancing, juggling, water slides, Zorbie balls, zip lines, Jacobs Ladder and the BMX Bike Show, bumper cars, inflatable games and more.

The new “Salute to Soldiers” program features World War II living history activities and demonstrations starting at 9 a.m. June 22 at AK Bissell Park. Vehicles of every kind, from motorcycles and Jeeps to half-tracks and artillery, will be on display.

The American Museum of Science and Energy will once again be hosting the Manhattan Project bus tours leaving from its parking lot. Tour registration begins at 9 a.m.

Visitors to the museum will receive $1 admission during the festival. The tours include the ORNL Graphite Reactor along with the DOE Facilities Bus Tour, and give visitors an opportunity to see original Manhattan Project facilities that are no longer open to the public on a regular basis. Tour attendees must be 10 years old or older, and proof of U.S. citizenship is required.

The Secret City Scenic Excursion Train will also be chugging along on Friday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., and Saturday at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., with a 6 p.m. dinner train. This is the only train of its kind in the United States traveling over a mile through the historic and once secret K-25 site.

The New Hope Center at Y-12 will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 21-22 for visitors to tour the history center and learn about the contributions of Y-12 to the community.

For more information, visit tnvacation.com.