HARRELLS — Community members are preparing to celebrate a decade of fellowship and unity.
The annual “Unity In the Community” event is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, in the town’s park. With 10 years of success, this year’s celebration is being called the “UIC Big Ten.” It was founded by the late Rev. Glenwood Hemingway and was organized by several local churches with a vision of bringing people together, regardless for their background. The event is free for the public.
Some of the scheduled attractions include music performances, bingo, team games and local organizations, such as the Sampson County Health Department and Cooperative Extension. Organizers are also expecting a visit from the Poe Center of Raleigh, a nonprofit working with youths through health education. Larry Sutton, columnist and historian, will provide information about Sampson County history.
Charles Strickland, president of The Friendly Trio Community Development Corporation has been involved in the event for many years and is making his contribution this year as the chairman.
“We are anticipating more entertainment, more food and free fun,” Strickland said. “We got quite a few activities this year for the people.”
During the years, Strickland said there’s been major growth, which continues through special guests such as the health department.
For more information about the event or participating, contact Strickland at 910-590-4925.
“We’re always open for new membership,” he said. “We want the day to grow. We want this year to be better next year. But first it has to start with the fellowship.”
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