Lakewood picnic set for Saturday

By Chase Jordan - [email protected]

Community members in the western region of Sampson County are looking forward to continuing a day filled with fun and fellowship.

The 21st Annual Lakewood Community District Picnic is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 30, at Charles E. Perry School (CEP), 705 Boone St., Roseboro. Some of the attractions and activities include live music, card games, cornhole, inflatable bouncy houses for children, jump roping, and dance competitions. Another major highlight is the second annual Roseboro Rib Cook-Off.

Mikasa Melvin, a committee member for the organization, is looking forward to the event, where everyone is invited to attend for free.

“Each year, it gets a little bit bigger,” Melvin said. “Last year we had a really good year and we hope the same happens this time.”

The event is a tradition in the community that started about two decades ago by the Rev. Harry Hines, David Alexander, Anthony Bennett and other volunteers.

“About a year ago, the torch was passed from the senior members to the younger folks,” Melvin said. “That’s how I and a couple of my other friends from around this area got involved.”

He’s being assisted by Kisha Royal Fiakegbe, Tonya Royal, Brandon Powell, Tommy Owens, Alex Matthis, Kimly Mathis and Sgt. Ernie Royal. Melvin added that just about every business in Roseboro contributed through donations or gift cards for raffles prizes. Local churches made contributions as well.

“It’s been well funded by the community,” he said.

While showing his appreciation for local businesses, Melvin said it’s important for the community to stay strong and support local businesses, especially with the construction of the Highway 24 project, which is bringing less motorists through town.

Attendees may bring their tents and grills to the event to enjoy time with each other.

“It gives our community a chance to see each other,” Melvin said about people coming home for summer reunions.

Another tradition to follow is the 2018 Second Annual Legacy Dinner for the Gwyn Fisher Turman Scholarship Fund, scheduled for Saturday evening at CEP. During the evening, Rosenwald Era Octogenarians will be honored for their service to the community.

The history of Rosenwald School goes back to the early 1900s when educator and civil rights activist Booker T. Washington became friends with Julius Rosenwald. As the president of Sears, Roebuck and Company used his money to build schools in the rural South for black students. More than 5,000 schools were built in 15 states. With more than 800, North Carolina had more than any other state. Sampson County has five: Garland, White Oak, Sampson Training, the Snow Hill School and Roseboro Colored School, which would become CEP.

By Chase Jordan

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Chase Jordan at 910-249-4617. Follow us on Twitter at @SampsonInd and like us on Facebook.

Chase Jordan at 910-249-4617. Follow us on Twitter at @SampsonInd and like us on Facebook.