Stations of Imagination

Stations of Imagination is WCTE’s signature family event and is a feature of Cookeville’s Fall FunFest to be held this year on September 10 and 11th. However, this event reaches far before that date and after.

I remember that day, over 16 years ago, when the news came of a tragic event. Brian and Rena Johnston, a young couple from Cookeville, lost their precious son, Sawyer when he was just a toddler. Loving and generous people, Brian and Rena thought of other children even during this time of intense grief and wanted to give back to families in our area, a free event that would bring a day of joy and fellowship based on programs that Sawyer loved, Sesame Street included. As memorial gifts came to WCTE to remember this young child in a way that others would benefit, I was overwhelmed with gratitude at knowing people who loved and valued children that much. What a fitting tribute to the memory of their child and to all children, Stations of Imagination is.

Each year, the entire Johnston family, including Sawyer’s sister Baylor, play an integral role in Stations of Imagination, as caretakers of the Sesame Street activity booth and assisting in the sponsorship of one of the Walkaround Sesame Street characters. They have never missed and we will never miss a chance to remember Sawyer.

In the many years of this incredible event, it has often been a struggle to continue to offer a children’s area that is totally free with activities, entertainment and characters from their favorite PBS shows, but thanks to our partners and supporters we have managed to do so. It’s important to us, to the Johnston’s and to the families we serve in this region to provide this kind of opportunity and we are grateful to those who continue to make this event possible.

It’s coming soon and will be back again next year the weekend after Labor Day. I certainly hope to see you there!

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