All aboard!

Lauren Williams Staff Writer

October 21, 2013

As the leaves change and the weather turns cooler, the town of Roseboro is readying for its fourth annual Harvest Day Train Parade and Festival, an event town officials are calling “fun for the entire family.”

Roseboro’s Main Street Committee, the event sponsor, is intivting everyone — the young and young at heart — to come out to Roseboro’s town park Saturday, Oct. 26, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and join the festive fun.

Scheduled to kick-off the celebration is a parade. “It’s something that people really seem to enjoy, like our Christmas parade,” noted Roseboro mayor David Alexander.

To participate in the parade, applications are available online at and at the town hall office. Vendor applications are also available. Once completed, applications can be mailed to P.O. Box 848, Roseboro, NC 28382 or dropped off by at the town hall office. Town officials are requesting that applications be submitted no later than next Tuesday, Oct. 22 so that the parade line-up can be planned and vendors’ spaces can be reserved. Questions about applications should be directed to Sharon Williams at Roseboro Town Hall, 910-525-4121.

Following the parade, everyone will gather in the town park — near Roseboro’s old train depot — for a variety of fun activities which is set to include face painting, sidewalk chalk art, an art show, live music, numerous food vendors, and of course, train rides.

Parade and festival attendees can also plan to enter a Halloween costume contest.

“We’ve got quite a few activities this year, and we have been out to the schools and businesses and have gotten them involved,” said Alexander, emphasizing that the town has reached out more than ever to involve these aspects of the community, something he believes will make this year’s annual Harvest Day Train Parade and Festival an even better event than it has been in years past. “It’s going to be interesting.”

Alexander added that he thinks the weather will be much nicer than last year too. “Last year wasn’t as good because the weather caused problems. We had to reschedule a lot of stuff,” he recalled, “so I think this year will be much better.”

“I hope our people come out and show up,” the mayor shared, stressing that the day, which will be filled with fun fall activities and “just good folks,” will be a one not to miss.

Noting that many recently turned out for the Court Square Street Fair and Barbecue Cook-Off in downtown Clinton last Saturday, Alexander added that “the (event) in Clinton was very good this past weekend; I enjoyed it. I hope we get that same kind of support from the community.”

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