GWBA readies for next events

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By David Meade

Under the leadership of president Chris Trotter, the Greater Williamston Business Association (GWBA) has more than doubled membership over the past year and a half and brought new excitement to the town with the Party in the Park music series.

The group recently helped with the Independence Day celebration. “July 5th was excellent,” Trotter said. The car show, entertainment in the park and fireworks may have drawn 5000 to 6000 people, according to Trotter.

Food vendor Jim Riddle said it was a great atmosphere and he was out of food by 7 p.m. The Dog House ran out of hotdogs and had to restock to continue serving customers.

Events like the July 4th Celebration will continue in Williamston August 2 with the next Party in the Park. The GWBA event will feature Outshyne and Delvin Choice.

Outshyne’s hit single “Moonlight Crush” hit number one last week on Sirius XM’s The Highway’s “Hot 45 Countdown”. “Moonlight Crush” is selling in excess of 5,000 downloads a week at iTunes and has released a video on YouTube.

The GWBA is also planning a golf tournament on October 10 at Saluda Valley Country Club.

During their meeting July 15, the GWBA approved funding to help sponsor a VW show and campout Sept. 12 and 13 in Mineral Spring Park. The group also approved ads in the Palmetto High Football program and Spring Water Festival Program.

With the recent addition of Restoration Church, The Greater Williamston Business Association now has 81 members.