DOBSON — Officials in the town of Dobson say they hope the community will come out and help support their first-ever Independence Day Celebration.
This year’s inaugural celebration is set to get under way at 9 a.m., on Thursday, July 3, and the town’s recreation director says it is designed to not only celebrate the country’s independence, but Dobson’s sense of community as well.
And hopefully raise a little money to defray costs associated with the planned Dobson Square Park, said Recreation Director Rachel Pace.
“What we want to do is hold our first Independence Day celebration along with a park fundraiser,” she said. “And we thought that since our weekly farmer’s market will be going on that day, it would be a great opportunity to get people out and about in Dobson.”
Pace said that being the first of what they hope will become an annual event, the town is “playing it by ear.
“We’re hoping for a good community turnout to support the park,” she said. “We’re going to have a lot of information about the park at the event, including large-scale drawings, but we think the best source of information will be us answering the people’s questions.”
The event will be held just across the street from the park’s future location at the corner of South Crutchfield and West Atkins streets, and Pace said the location will be ideal for the public.
“It should help people visualize the park because we’re going to be in view of where the park will be,” she said. “Maybe they will leave with a visual idea of what it’s going to look like.”
In addition to providing information about the park, the event will feature the usual, rides for the kids, food, music and fun, Pace said.
“We’re going to have inflatables for the kids, of course, but for the first time at a community festival we’re going to be offering a water slide as well,” Pace said.
Lunch plates of smoked chicken with all the fixin’s will be provided by the Dobson Rescue Squad, and Pace said attendees would do well to get theirs early.
“They’re pretty well-known for their smoked chicken, so we think they might go fast,” she said. “They’re a big hit at all of our events and they’re cooked on site.”
The farmer’s market will be in full swing during the celebration, Pace said, offering attendees “all the fresh produce and vegetables, fresh meats, fresh sweets and handmade crafts.”
“We’re hoping the farmer’s market will be a big part of our community from here on out, and they’re going to be set up Thursday so we hope a lot of people will come out,” she said.
“This event is designed to benefit and support the town’s new park, but we also want to raise awareness of our farmer’s market,” Pace added. “I believe that once people visit the market that first time, it tends to sell itself. So we’re hoping for a lot of first-time customers.”
Keith Strange can be reached at 336-719-1929 or via Twitter @strangereporter.