Quaker Steak announces giant downtown slip-and-slide

BRISTOL, Va. - A downtown Bristol street is transforming into a giant slip-and-slide.

The event is being called Cumberplunge 2014 and is an adaptation of a popular event in Bristol, England.

Cumberland Street in downtown is being turned into a giant slip-and-slide from the top of Solar Hill to Piedmont Avenue. It's for one day only, August 30.

400 people will get the chance to slide down the 500-foot long water slide.

The community is encouraged to come out and watch the event, and dress in costumes. 100 of the sliders will be chosen from the crowd based partly on creative costumes.

This event is organized by Quaker Steak & Lube, which will be as fun for spectators as it is for sliders. "We embrace any event that builds upon the excitement and synergy we have going on downtown," said JJ Gillenwater, co-owner of the Bristol restaurant.

When a similar event was held in Bristol, England, 60,000 people turned out just to watch.

Here's how the sliders will be chosen: 300 will be selected by random drawing from those those have signed up and the remaining 100 will be picked by a committee. "It will be an elite group," Gillenwater added.

Participants must be 12 year or older and anyone under the age of 16 must have their parent's permission.

The event will run from noon until 4 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

Applications will be posted to the Bristol, Virginia website:

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