GWBA planning 2nd Party in the Park


After the tremendous success of the first “Party in the Park” held recently in Williamston’s Mineral Spring Park, The Greater Williamston Business Association (GWBA) has decided to do it again. During their regular monthly meeting Tuesday, GWBAmembers approved Friday August 9 as the date for their next “Party in the Park” event.

The up and coming Outshyne band will be performing at the event which features an evening of free music and other fun activities for families while promoting local businesses.

GWBA President Chris Trotter said after the first event he had a lot of people asking when the next will be held. He also said the participating businesses had received exposure to 1500 people “without costing them anything.”

Jerry Griffith, owner of a new business that recently joined the organization, said that his business Shaggy Paws Pet Grooming and Boarding had picked up at least six new customers from the event. “It brought a lot of attention to our business,” he said. “It was really, really good. It really paid off for us.”

Shaggy Paws gave out 140 packs of homemade pet snacks and provided two animated characters that got a lot of attention during the event Griffith said.

Mayor Mack Durham also said that the event was good for local businesses and had a good response. “It was good for local businesses and good exposure.” He also said it was a good tie in to the next day’s (ParkFest) event.

Trotter said that AnMed and the Williamston EMS provided CPR training to 120 persons.

“We had great response, great reviews,” he said. Trotter then presented information about the next Party in the Park.

Trotter said that the Outshyne band has a song on the Billboard Top 20 and recently signed a deal with a Nashville record label.

GWBA member and Spring Water Festival Chairman David Meade said he has concerns about the date being just two weeks prior to the town’s annual Spring Water Festival, but fully supported it. He said that festival organizers could promote the Spring Water Festival at the event.

The group unanimously agreed to host the second Party in the Park on Friday, Aug. 9.

The meeting was held at the Williamston Municipal Center and featured catered food by another new member, Boots and Thelma’s Restaurant.

The GWBA currently has 52 members with new members joining each month. Area businesses who have recently joined include Paradise Home Improvement, Boots & Thelma’s Restaurant, Palmetto Trophy and Awards, Bills Tires, B&R Services, Jimmy’s Sign Service and Tri-City Auto Parts.

The group is also starting an ad campaign in The Journal next week which will feature information about area GWBA members businesses.

For more information on the Greater Williamston Business Association, go to their new website at