GARLAND — Town officials are now accepting entries for one of the biggest events of the year.
The Fourth Annual Garland Community Fair is scheduled to begin from 1 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6. It will continue on Saturday, Oct. 7 with activities from 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. During the event attendees have the opportunity to enjoy street vendors, arts and crafts, entertainment, games, food and a health fair.
This year’s theme is “Celebrating Diversity.” With help from participants, Mayor Winifred Murphy and organizers are hoping to have activities for all ages and cultures.
“This is a very special event for our community an town as we reflect on our rich history and heritage, celebrate our present, and embrace our very diverse citizens,” Murphy said about the event hosted by the town and community sponsors. “We do hope that you can join us as we honor and celebrate each other and our community.”
A unity ceremony is scheduled for 6 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, followed by a street festival on the same day. The committee’s goal is to expand the program and not cramming the ceremony and parade on one day. The tradition of the fall celebration goes back many years, with a Rotary fair. It went away after the organization lost its charter. Garland’s North Carolina Small Towns Economic Prosperity (N.C. STEP) and other community groups created the community fair for the absence.
The parade is scheduled to start at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. Some of the scheduled guests include the Sudan Roadsters, Sudan Clowns, Ronald McDonald and dance groups. Registration and an entry fee is required to participate. The individual entry fee is $10 if paid by Friday, Sept. 1. After that day, the cost is $20. A group entry fee of three or more people is $40 before Sept. 1 and $50 after. Participants may also request floats at the cost of $360. Several colors are available. For safety purposes,throwing candy is not allowed. The deadline is Wednesday, Sept. 13.
Entertainment applications are due no later than Tuesday, Sept. 26. A variety of vendor applications are available. For a 10-by-10 space, the fee for one day is $15 for non-food vendors and $25 for people selling food. For two days, the fee is $25 for non-food and $40 for two days. After Sept. 1, costs will increase by $5 or $10, depending on the requests of having a space for one or two days. For an electric booth, the cost is an additional $20 per outlet. Electricity is limited and participants are being encouraged to bring their own power source. There is no charge for education and informational booths. For more information regarding booths contact Sheila Smith at 910-385-5107 or Veronica Thomas at 910-916-5593.
Garland T-shirts and a video focusing on the town will be available for purchase. Officials are also bringing back Mrs. Mac’s Famous Ticket Sale & Ticket Spinner. Profits will support community projects and the Curtis D. Cain Memorial Park.
For more information or to obtain vendor, parade and entertainment applications, visit Garland’s website at www.townofgarlandnc.com/News-Events.html or call 910-529-4141.